Paris, France --- (METERING.COM) --- June 6, 2013

The IEA Implementing Agreement on Renewable Energy Technology Deployment (IEA-RETD) has launched a project to investigate the integration of variable renewable generation in electricity systems.

The project, for which an RFP has been released, will look into the typical sets of country specific system and regulatory factors that determine an optimal portfolio of flexibility options. The applicability and effectiveness of the options for integrating variable renewable energies will be assessed through selected case studies.

Driven by political targets and supportive policies, an increasing number of countries are experiencing growing shares of variable renewable generation, in particular onshore and offshore wind and solar PV. However, the applicability of integration strategies will differ from one power system to another.

As such IEA-RETD has identified that there is a need for consistent, well documented information, suited for policy makers, on the relative applicability and effectiveness of the various options for integrating variable renewable energies in a given national context.

The objective of the RE-INTEGRATION project is to generate new insights for key decision makers in governments and private sector regarding the following research questions:

  1. What are typical sets of country specific system and regulatory factors that determine the choice of a given portfolio of flexibility options?
  2. What does a – case study-based – thorough assessment of the portfolios of flexibility options along the different analytical dimensions conclude on the applicability and the effectiveness of the options?
  3. What general lessons might be drawn by countries with similar underlying conditions?

The project will be performed in two main phases. In the first phase a scoping paper will be prepared. In the second phase, other project tasks – including organizing an expert workshop, analysis of case studies, development of solutions, recommendations and guidelines, and their communication and dissemination – will be executed.

The three analytical areas proposed for the project are technical issues, regulatory and market issues, and cost issues.

Responses to the RFP are due by June 28, 2013.