The EUniversal project aims to develop a universal approach on the use of flexibility by Distribution System Operators (DSO) and their interaction with the new flexibility markets, enabled through the development of the concept of the Universal Market Enabling Interface (UMEI) – a unique approach to foster interoperability across Europe.
The UMEI represents an innovative, agnostic, adaptable, modular, and evolutionary approach that will be the basis for the development of new innovative services, market solutions and, above all, implementing the real mechanisms for active consumer, prosumer, and energy communities participation in the energy transition.
In this context, this deliverable analyses the current practice and trends in business models for flexibility markets and distribution network planning methodologies.
In this document you will find:
- A business model canvas analysis of the EUniversal demos.
In more detail, the main elements of the canvas explored in the demo projects are defined and interesting areas for future research are identified.
- An evaluation of distribution planning methodologies in Europe.
In more detail, the analysis focusses on the following elements: planning frequency, scenarios and alignment with the TSO, network representation, the inclusion of flexibility as an alternative to investments, and transparency. The current practices of distribution planning methodologies are summarized based on semi-structured interviews with 11 DSOs. Besides that, a future target model is identified based on a workshop with all participants.