An ICT cost comparison of different market structures for distributed ancillary services

Pirkko Kuusela, Pekka Koponen, Han Xu, Ivana Kockar

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    Future energy ecosystems need new market structures and interactions between TSO and DSOs, in order to realise distributed ancillary services. This paper estimates and compares ICT costs of several TSO-DSO coordination and market aggangements proposed in the SmartNet project.
    A hybrid cost estimation methodology, which utilizes constructive cost model methodology, expert estimates, a national DSO regulation model, and implementation of a simulator, is employed to estimate the development costs of aggregation and market clearing systems needed to realise the market schemes. ICT costs of different arrangements turn out to be at the same level and they are minor in comparison to energy-related costs.
    However, depending on the overall design of the markets for distributed flexibility, aggregators may have the largest ICT costs and investment needs.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication25th International Conference on Electricity Distribution
    Subtitle of host publicationCIRED 2019
    PublisherAIM - Association des Ingénieurs de Montefiore
    Number of pages5
    ISBN (Electronic)978-2-9602415-0-1
    Publication statusPublished - 3 Jun 2019
    MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
    Event25th International Conference on Electricity Distribution: CIRED 2019 - Madrid, Spain
    Duration: 3 Jun 20196 Jun 2019

    Publication series

    SeriesCIRED: Conference Proceedings


    Conference25th International Conference on Electricity Distribution
    Abbreviated titleCIRED 2019
    Internet address


    • ICT cost
    • energy markets
    • ancillary services
    • distributed generation
    • transmission system operator
    • distribution system operator


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