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Industry getting to grips with flexibility challenge

While the challenges of ensuring adequate flexibility in an ever more complex electricity grid are increasing, frameworks are evolving and stakeholders are responding positively to this, believes industry analyst Guidehouse Insights.

In an exclusive interview for Enlit Europe, Guidehouse Associate Director, Pritil Gunjan described a more complicated operational grid that has emerged but said, “We believe that the ecosystem across various stakeholders is equipped to manage and embark on that flexibility journey.”

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Gunjan said that currently transmission system and distribution system operators are looking at flexibility through a very critical lens as to how they are going to support and drive the energy ecosystem. “But we are no longer in a centralised model. And that’s been acknowledged and incentivized through numerous incentives across regions. There is definitely a positive trajectory in how these resources are going to develop.”

Gunjan said that the needs right across the flexibility spectrum are going to drive investments and while much of this investment will come from the generation and energy storage side, the role of digitalisation is going to be extremely critical. “Investments around more digital solutions, investment in flexible assets, like storage – those are some of the areas we think are going to develop more rapidly.”

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Nigel Blackaby
Nigel Blackaby is based in the UK and is currently Content Director at Clarion Events and Associate Editor for Power Engineering International. He has been working in energy media and conferences for the past 20 years. Nigel held various positions since joining PennWell, including director of conferences and editor of Power Engineering International and Middle East Energy magazines. He has written editorials, business and technical features and reported news of the global power industry from electricity generation through to transmission and distribution. He has curated energy conferences and chaired advisory boards in Europe, Asia, Africa and Russia and was event director for POWER-GEN Middle East and POWER-GEN Africa. With Clarion Events’ acquisition of PennWell, Nigel has joined the team focused on developing content for Enlit Europe.

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