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2011-03 Smart Electricity Distribution Grids: Economics and Regulation
April 13-15, 2011


Distribution networks are becoming very different from what they used to be. The increasing presence of diverse types of distributed generation, the anticipated strong penetration of plug-in electric vehicles and the use of advanced schemes of interaction with the end consumers are creating new needs for design, operation and regulation of the distribution activity.
This course will present fundamentals and results from several on-going research projects that have studied the technical and economic impacts of new developments in distribution grids with regulatory and policy recommendations for efficient integration of these new technologies.

Economic and regulatory issues related to massive integration of distributed generation, demand response programs, electric vehicles, micro grids, and the design of incentives for improving the quality of service in distribution networks will be presented.

These studies are building bricks in the current process of evaluating benefits and costs of the new paradigm of adding more intelligence in the electricity grids.



Dr. Tomás Gómez (

Tomás Gómez San Román is a professor of Electrical Engineering at the Engineering School of Universidad Pontificia Comillas in Madrid, Spain. He obtained the Degree of Doctor Ingeniero Industrial from Universidad Politécnica, Madrid, in 1989, and the Degree of Ingeniero Industrial in Electrical Engineering from Comillas in 1982. He joined Instituto de Investigación Tecnológica (IIT) at Comilas University in 1984. From 1994 to 2000, he was the Director of IIT, and from 2000 to 2002, the Vice-Rector of Research, Development, and Innovation of Comillas.
Dr. Gómez has a large experience in industry joint research projects in the field of Electric Energy Systems in collaboration with Spanish, Latin American, and European utilities. He has been project manager and/or principal investigator in more than 80 research projects. His areas of interest are operation and planning of transmission and distribution systems, power quality assessment and regulation, and economic and regulatory issues in the electrical power sector. He has published more than 100 articles in different specialized magazines such as IEEE PES Transactions and Conference proceedings, and has co-authored the book "Electricity Economics: Regulation and Deregulation" in Wiley-IEEE Press. He is a senior member of IEEE.
He is the chairman of the Technical Committee of the next Power System Computation Conference to be held in Stockholm in 2011 and belongs or has belonged to the Technical Committees of other Conferences: Probabilistic Methods Applied to Power Systems and IEEE Power Tech. He has been visiting researcher at the Energy Analysis Department of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California.


Dr. Pablo Frías (

Pablo Frías Marín was born in Madrid, Spain, in 1977. He received his M.S. degree (2001), and his PhD degree (2008) in Electrical Engineering from the Universidad Pontificia Comillas de Madrid, Spain. He is currently a member of the staff of the Electrical Energy Systems Department at The Institute for Applied Research (IIT), where he also teaches at the Power System Department of the Engineering School (ICAI).
He has been academic visitor at INESC (Porto-Portugal) and Imperial College (London-UK). His areas of interest are modelling, analysis, and simulation of electric power systems, and also distributed generation integration into distribution networks.



David Dallinger
Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI

Tomás Gómez
Universidad Pontificia Comillas

Joseba Jimeno

Jeroen de Joode
ECN - Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands

Ivana Kockar
Strathclyde University. Glasgow
Great Britain

Pedro Linares
Universidad Pontificia Comillas

Chris Marnay
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Manuel Matos

Miguel Angel Sanchez-Fornié

Course duration and location

Three days - from
Wednesday 13th to Friday15th of April 2010.
Universidad Pontificia Comillas, Alberto Aguilera 23, 28015 Madrid – Spain.


Courses Contents

Wednesday, April 13th

14:30-15:45 Planning smart distribution grids: distributed generation, electric vehicles and quality of service (Dr. Tomás Gómez)
15:50-17:05 Mechanisms for funding smart grid projects and innovation: practical and international experience (Mr. Miguel Angel Sánchez-Fornié)
17:10-18:25 Demand response programs: network and generation system benefits (Dr. Pedro Linares)

Thursday, April 14

09:00-10:15 Microgrids: An emerging component of smart distribution networks (Dr. Chris Marnay)
10:20-11:35 Benefits of micro-generation and microgrids (Dr. Manuel Matos)
11:35-11:55 Coffee Break
11:55-13:10 Microgrids operation and control: test beds and pilot projects (Dr Joseba Jimeno)
13:15-14:15 Lunch
14:30-17:00 Visit to Iberdrola’s renewable control centre

Friday, April 15th

09:00-10:15 Massive penetration of distributed generation: EU practical experiences (Dr. Jeroen de Joode)
10:20-11:35 Integration of distributed generation in UK (Dr. Ivana Kockar)
11:35-11:55 Coffee Break
11:55-13:10 Grid-connected electric vehicles and management of intermittent renewable generation. The case study of Germany (Mr. David Dallinger)
13:15-14:30 Round Table (discussion and conclusions)

Course fees

The course fees include lectures, documentation, coffee breaks and lunches according to the registration option.

Members of the EES - UETP: 306.30 €
University non members of the EES - UETP: 750.00 €
Industry non members of the EES - UETP: 1250.00 €

Please make a bank transfer to the following bank account:
Bank: BBVA
Address: Paseo Recoletos, 10, 28001 Madrid
Account number: 0182-2370-45-0201510629
IBAN: ES18-0182-2370-4502-0151-0629

and please send or fax a copy of the bank transfer to

Ms. Isabel Tamudo
Phone: (+34) 915 40 61 57 Fax: (+34) 915 42 31 76

Courses' Cancellation Policy: notifications should be sent in writing to the course Coordinators. Cancellations received one week before the course will not be refunded.

Registration form

Course: Smart Electricity Distribution Grids: Economics and Regulation
Wednesday 13th to Friday15th of April 2010

Fill in this form and email a copy before April 3rd 2011 to:

Ms. Isabel Tamudo
Instituto de Investigación Tecnológica
Universidad Pontificia Comillas
Alberto Aguilera, 23 E-28015 Madrid, Spain
Phone: (+34) 915 40 61 57 Fax: (+34) 915 42 31 76

Registration Form


Special rates have been arranged at the following hotels (please refer to Universidad Pontificia Comillas when booking).

T3 Tirol
c/ Marqués de Urquijo, 4
P. (+34) 915481900
F. (+34) 915413958

NH Alberto Aguilera
c/ Alberto Aguilera, 18
P. (+34) 914460900
F. (+34) 914460904


Ms. Isabel Tamudo
Instituto de Investigación Tecnológica
Universidad Pontificia Comillas
Alberto Aguilera, 23 E-28015 Madrid, Spain
Phone: (+34) 915 40 61 57 Fax: (+34) 915 42 31 76

Deadline for inscriptions: April 3rd 2011