Mapping of Norwegian DSOs' use of flexibility solutions for industrial grid customers

Challenge and objective

  • DSOs require more flexible customers, as the number of connection requests is high and the lead time for constructing new grids is high​
  • Flexibility from large (industrial) customers has a large potential, but it is not clear how flexibility solutions are being used during planning, normal operation and during fault situations.​
  • To which extent are flexibility solutions discussed as part of the dialogue between the DSO and new industrial consumers that want to connect?​
  • What type of industrial consumers are the most promising for being flexible?

Work performed

  • An interview study through 9 semi-structured interviews with different Norwegian DSOs​.
  • Mapping the DSO-customer dialogue when connecting new industrial consumers​.
  • Mapping the DSOs' current and planned use of flexibility solutions such as disconnectable tariffs and conditional/alternative connection agreements.

Significant results

  • There is large variation in the use of disconnectable tariffs. Some DSOs use it actively, and some not at all.​
  • Most DSOs have large plans for conditional connection agreements, but few have ever disconnected a customer due to the condition.

Impact for distribution system innovation

  • An increasing number of customers with conditional connection agreements leads to a need for better standardization and systems to manage more complex system operation.

Magnus Korpås

WP3 Lead
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Magnus Korpås
WP3 Lead


Reference in CINELDI