Transmission and distribution grids are at the center of Europe’s transition to a sustainable and energy-efficient future. They balance increasingly decentralized and volatile generation with consumption, integrate new smart actors like prosumers and aggregators with the energy system and couple different energy sectors to realize sustainability goals while guaranteeing the security of supply and contributing to the economic efficiency of the systems. For achieving the intended results, grids are extensively reinforced, and formerly statically operated grids are now becoming actively managed systems.
Digitalization has become a key competence of grid operators as they implement new ways to plan, build and operate the grids. As regulated corporate entities, transmission and distribution grid operators must perform all transformations within a comprehensive legal framework under tight cost-efficiency restrictions.
BearingPoint is a dedicated consulting partner for transmission and distribution grid operators to plan and realize their path of transformation.
We support grid operators in all their core activities along the transformation path, such as:
Renewables increasingly replace fossil fuel generation, and new energy-intensive consumers (e.g., EV and heat pumps) are connected to the grids, heavily changing grid utilization and load flow patterns.
For the German federal state of Hesse and 10 distribution grid operators, BearingPoint, together with the Fraunhofer Institute, analyzed the grid requirements for a 10-year plus horizon and identified optimal means of traditional and innovative grid reinforcement, grid extension and management.
With the abovementioned challenges, a municipal grid operator decided to improve its capabilities by becoming a truly “digital DSO.”
BearingPoint supported the municipal grid operator in identifying value-adding digitalization options, installing new digital business functions, defining and implementing agile processes and developing and realizing a future-proof enterprise architecture, including the design and implementation of digital solutions.
The legal framework for energy markets and the grid is complex and growing. TSOs, DSOs and other market parties must also comply with new regulations in a timely manner.
BearingPoint supports compliance with new regulations, such as CACM, GLDPM, REMIT, EMFIP, EMIR and many national markets and grid codes, both on a national level and for individual TSOs and DSOs.
While the grid operator business is subject to regulation, in many EU countries, grid operators can enhance their revenues in highly competitive environments.
For a major TSO, BearingPoint developed a business model and supported the market entry for the TSO’s commercially successful international business services spin-off.
BearingPoint experts, together with our expert network, actively contribute to the digitalization of the core functions of transmission and distribution grid operators. Our digital solutions for the grid comprise bottom-up demand/infeed forecast, automated grid planning, full 7D BIM-compliant project management, strategic assets management optimization and other innovative approaches.