Quantification of flexibility benefits and how the EU can achieve them by 2030

The full potential of the demand-side flexibility (DSF) of all energy end-users has never been quantified in a comprehensive way at EU level and therefore often overlooked, while the activation of consumers’ flexibility still faces many barriers and is not sufficiently incentivised.

smartEn developed with independent experts from DNV a study to demonstrate the full contribution that DSF can providein achieving a 55% GHG reduction by 2030 and how this can be cost-effective for both the system and end-users.

In this session we will present the outcomes of this study.

In particular, we quantified:

  • the potential DSF capacity (GW) available in 2030 to achieve the 55% GHG reduction and the renewables targets set by the European Commission in the Fit for 55 package proposal,
  • the amount of DSF that should be activated (GWh) to support those objectives,
  • the system level savings (€) and the end-user benefits (€) that would result from the activation of DSF.

Andres Pinto-Bello

Andres Pinto-Bello is the Head of Research and Projects at smartEn (Smart Energy Europe), the European trade association driving the digitalisation and decentralisation of the European electricity sector.

He is an Economist specialised in the electricity sector with a deep knowledge on EU energy regulatory affairs and energy policy. He is the lead author of The smartEn Map report series, an innovative approach to market research and intelligence, mapping the role that demand-side flexibility plays in the European electricity landscape.