Energy distribution system operator

Polish energy distribution system operator Energa is set to deploy smart grid infrastructure to improve the efficiency of the grid.According to a statement, the energy distribution system operator signed a deal with the country’s Ministry of Energy to jointly fund the implementation of the smart grid programme.

The energy ministry agreed to provide up to PLN166 million ($45.1 million) to help Energa to modernise its energy network.

The smart grid project will include the installation of advanced metering infrastructure to ensure consumers are accurately billed and provided with access to real-time energy usage data, which they can use to improve their energy efficiency.

In total, the smart grid programme is expected to costs PLN240 million ($65.2 million). The majority of funds will be sourced from the Operational Programme Infrastructure and Environment (OPI&E).

The OPI&E is an initiative developed by the European Union to provide member states with funding to develop and sustain low-carbon economies and protect the environment by investing in innovative technologies for the transport and energy sectors.

In addition to installing smart electric meters, Energa will integrate some technologies and sensors with its energy system to improve the automation of its electricity distribution network.

[quote] By automating processes, Energa is confident it will be able to improve its customer services. For instance, some technologies to be installed will enable the distribution system to remotely identify grid failures and quickly restore services to affected customers.

Minister Krzysztof Tchórzewski said automating the grid will help reduce the occurrence and duration of power outages.

“The automatic identification of damaged network segments (including the repair system) will automatically restore the power to the recipients in less than 3 minutes after a failure in SN network. On the other hand, the dynamic reconfiguration of the network will allow forecast generation for power generation (wind farms, photovoltaic) at least 24 hours ahead of time and will determine the impact of sources (RES) on network performance. Among successive positive results of the implementation of the project is the reduction of the SAIDI index - the duration of the long pause,” highlights a statement.

Moreover, the project will include the development of an energy storage system, which will be used to store energy during times when the grid is stable and ensure a secure energy supply during peak demand periods. [Poland smart grid demonstration tests Hitachi tech for network security].

The programme is part of efforts by the Polish energy distribution system operator to increase the country's portfolio of renewable energy resources and reduce energy transmission and distribution losses. The efforts will also set out to modernise the energy infrastructure in line with international smart grid standards.

Energa manages over 184km of power lines distributing 20TWh of energy per year to over 3 million consumers.

 

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