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Working paper / Electricity

DSO-TSO cooperation issues and solutions for distribution grid congestion management

Author(s): HADUSH Samson, MEEUS Leonardo

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ABSTRACT

The role of DSOs is evolving due to the increasing penetration of intermittent and distributed energy resources in the distribution system. On the one hand, TSOs are accessing flexibility resources connected to the distribution grid. On the other hand, DSOs are actively managing distribution grid congestion, moving away from the conventional fit and forget approach. As a result, the need for DSO-TSO cooperation has become increasingly important.

In this study, we first discuss market and grid operation issues related to different system states and the corresponding congestion management approaches.
Second, we discuss possible solutions that are inspired by inter-TSO cooperation solutions as well as solutions that are being adopted by DSOs. Our findings show that the issues are rather similar both at transmission and distribution level; however, the need for cooperation and the solutions will depend on where structural congestion will occur and which borders will be managed.

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