Committee 2: Grid Reliability and Security

“Reinforce the security of supply in operating the Power System through the deployement of new advanced technologies”

Power Grids are the backbone of economic development. Society expects a continuous and reliable delivery of electricity at level of quality consistent with the development of the digital society. In addition, society expects the grid infrastructure to provide “open access” to the Power System and to enable fair and efficient competitive energy markets. Electricity and its strategic / economic weight in the life of a Country are relevant part of the Agendas of Politic Authorities in the more general framework of the energy and environmental policies.

All those components of the Society expect strong, reliable and resilient infrastructures at reasonable costs and acceptable environmental impact.
The present Transmission infrastructures will remain the backbone of the Power Systems, as long as there are large amounts of power to be transferred from production to consumption and balancing load and generation is necessary.

More than ever the added value of the Transmission Grid lies on providing the basic services needed to guarantee continuity, stability and security of supply.
There’s no doubt that the rapid changes in the nature and location of energy sources, together with changing consumption patterns and climate change, are challenging some of the fundamental assumptions behind the design of the current Power Systems, and compel the development and adoption of new solutions to support their evolution and expansion. Evaluating and recommending those new solutions is one of the basic tasks of Committee #2.

The approach of Committee 2 is to tackle the three above-mentioned aspects: strength, reliability and resiliency of the power grids, analyzing 10 to 15 years of evolution and identifying the trends in terms of risks and opportunities to maintain the reliabilty of the grids.

With reference to the systems as they are now (i.e. largely the result of traditional planning and operation), the Committee analyzes to which extent those events and trends require the GO15 members to adopt new strategies or to adapt existing ones.

Committee 2 works with other international organizations such as ISGAN, EPRI, DSO4 , IEEE, CIGRE, ENTSOE and Energy Charter.

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