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2017-01: Re-thinking the regulation of the power system to integrate large shares of renewables and distributed energy resources
February 15-17th, 2017


Comillas Pontifical University
ICAI School of Engineering
Madrid, Spain


Dr. Carlos Mateo
Dr. Luis Olmos

Description of the course

The power systems are evolving integrating higher shares of renewable energy sources (RES), and incorporating new distributed energy resources (DER) such as electric vehicles, storage, natural gas distributed generation and demand response solutions. This course will cover how the regulation of power systems should evolve, incorporating new innovative aspects and undergoing changes in some others, to deal with the challenges posed by the features exhibited by RES generation and DER.

Specifically, markets for the provision of certain products may need to develop, while existing ones should evolve to for example take into account large wind farms connected to the system and the observability of small photovoltaic units. In this regard, both the need for market based capacity remuneration mechanisms and their design if implemented will be analyzed to enable that, in this new scenario, the regulator can ensure that there is enough firm capacity to cover load existing in the power system in the medium and long term. Balancing services, whose provision may be compulsory or organized in markets (depending on each country regulation), also need to evolve to come up with an appropriate design of the balancing product and the pricing rules applied to it, as well as the imbalance pricing rules. Besides, balancing arrangements need to take into account that uncertainty (traditionally associated with demand) can also come from the generation side, in the case of renewables. In parallel with all this, the access of new active energy resources, namely RES generation and demand response, to these markets must be facilitated.

Mechanisms for the support of renewable generation may need to remain in place to favor the development of new technologies, and also achieve their deployment if we do not manage to make system wide decarbonization mechanisms like the ETS work properly. However, achieving an efficient support may probably call for organizing these support schemes as markets that, while fulfilling their purpose, interfere as least as possible with others.

Finally, the regulation of the distribution network and the distribution activity will be discussed, as in many cases these networks are the final location for distributed energy resources, being the Distribution System Operators responsible for connecting them to the system, and for dealing with the issues that arise during the operation of their systems.

Contents and Schedule


Dr. Tomás Gómez – Comillas Pontifical University
Dr. Luis Olmos – Comillas Pontifical University
Dr. Pablo Rodilla – Comillas Pontifical University
Dr. Paolo Mastropietro – Comillas Pontifical University
Dr. Fulvio Fontini – University of Padova
Dr. Pablo Frías – Comillas Pontifical University
Mr. Plácido Ostos – Iberdrola
Dr. Rafael Cossent – Comillas Pontifical University
Dr. Elena Fumagalli - Politecnico di Milano
Dr. Bryan Palmintier – National Renewable Energy Lab USA (NREL)


The course fees include lectures attendance, documentation, coffee breaks and lunches.
Members of the EES-UETP: 306.25 EUR
University non-members of the EES-UETP: 750 EUR
Industry non-members of the EES-UETP: 1250 EUR
The Course Secretariat will send an invoice/receipt to each registered participant, after the reception of the filled Registration Form, together with the bank transfer.

Here is the Registration Form

Further information

Contact Carlos Mateo by phone at: +34 91 542 28 00 Ext 2708 or by email at: