DSM Day: The role of DSM to provide flexibility in electricity systems

Start/Stop Date:
13 Oct 2016
Copper Institute and FOD Economie
Renaissance Brussels Hotel, Rue du Parnasse 19, 1050 Brussels
Focus Areas:
Demand side management and energy efficiency
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The share of intermittent renewables in the electricity system is rapidly growing all over the globe. In the EU they will represent  35% of electricity production by 2020 and are expected to reach 50% by 2030. But already today, at peak moments renewables make up for over 50% of production. This is a challenge for network operators, policy makers and regulators, but will also create business opportunities for old and new players.

In this context, it is essential to grasp the full flexibility potential throughout the system, coming from the demand side, network operation, storage and production. Discussions are currently ongoing on both the national, regional and European level. The topic is going to be addressed in several legislative proposals, which  the European Commission plans to publish in the second semester of 2016.

The Demand-Side Management Technology Collaboration Program (DSM TCP) is one of more than 40 co-operative energy technology programs within the framework of the International Energy Agency (IEA). It promotes research and knowledge exchange among its members to further develop the use of DSM, have it fully integrated in the market, to improve operation and use of flowing renewable sources and enhance system security by reducing dependency on vulnerable supply resources

The following aspects will be covered:

  • What are the sources of flexibility in electricity systems and how/when should these be deployed?
  • What synergies and what trade-offs between energy efficiency and flexibility?
  • How should system operation change on the road towards 100% renewables?
  • How can the new market design facilitate business models that enhance flexibility?

9h30 Introduction
* Jean-Marc Delporte for FOD economie
* Rob Kool for IEADSM
10h00 Towards a flexibility tracker for EU electricity systems, including case studies for B, NL, D (Edwin Haesen, Ecofys)
11h00 Coffee break
11h15 Recent and upcoming Initiatives of the European Commission
11h35 Flexibility in the Pentalateral Energy Forum
11h55 Focus on demand response
* Business models for demand response (Renske Bouwknegt - IEADSM T25)
* The role of industry (Michael Van Bossuyt - Febeliec)
13h00 Lunch
13h45 Focus on integration
* Mapping flexibility in industry (Jef Verbeeck - EnergyVille on behalf of www.industre.eu)
* Flexible demand as a counterpart to variable renewables (Rene Kamphuis - IEADSM T17)
14h45 Focus on market design
* Barriers to market for the demand side (Frauke Thies - SEDC)
15h15 Interactive workshop: future-proofing the new market design on the road towards near 100% renewables
(moderated by ...)
16h15 Conclusion
16h30 Adjourn


  • Convener: Hans De Keulenaer, European Copper Institute & Francois Brasseur, FOD economie
  • Rapporteur: Denzil Walton
  • Meeting format: public meeting ~ 85 participants