The interruptibility service is essential for the defence system of the national electricity grid. Terna, the grid operator, uses this tool to guarantee the safety of the electricity system and to decrease the risk of power failures in the various operating conditions.
Users who intend to become customers assigned the instant interruptibility service must have a system UPDC (Load Disconnection Peripheral Unit): the interface that allows MV/HV industrial users to be “interruptible” and consists of specific components for industrial use.
Through a router, the Energy Team UPDC communicates with Terna’s Interruptible Control Desk (BMI), from which it receives the commands and to which it sends the signals showing the status of the operations and measurements received from the field. Each individual UPDC is able to manage up to four loads with “instantaneous” or “emergency” release mode.
In addition to the UPDC, a control and supervision system, called DATASCOPE, is available, through which it is possible to constantly monitor its operation and to receive SMS alerts in the event of functional failures of the system, of communication lines or disconnections. The DATASCOPE is a passive appendix that listens to, analyses and archives all the communication between UPDC and Terna and that publishes the acquired data to a server. By accessing a reserved area of the server, the customer is able to consult all the historical data and perform calculations aimed at determining the remuneration due.
An additional remote control service is used to monitor the ISDN backup line and to alert the user via email in case of malfunctions, before these can affect operation of the entire system.
This application method is perfectly replicable at any other locations for multi-site subjects.
The Demand Response service
Italy has set itself the goal of decarbonisation by 2025, aiming to expand the share of renewable energy in final energy consumption to 28% by 2030. However, the increase in renewables results in greater instability of the grid and to guarantee its safety Terna, the operator of the national electricity grid, has activated a series of projects to expand the range of subjects capable of providing services to the grid.
The various pilot projects also include the mechanism of UVAM (Mixed Enabled Virtual Units) with which Terna aims to involve consumption and production units defined as not relevant (with a nominal power of less than 10 MW) and to offer balancing services in the MSD (Dispatching Services Market). Thanks to UVAM, small electricity producers and any consumer, regardless of the size of their site, can take advantage of the Demand Response service.
Energy Team as Aggregator or Balance Service Provider (BSP) offers the innovative Demand Response service that allows industrial and tertiary consumers to access the dispatching services market, modulating and reducing their electricity consumption at peak times of electricity supply and demand, thus ensuring greater flexibility and stability to the grid.
Participants are required to put their consumption and production flexibility at the service of the grid, that is, to decrease their power extraction or to feed grid power following a call to modulation by Terna.
Choosing Energy Team to participate in the pilot projects means relying on a partner capable of providing a 360° service, not only for users of the aggregate but also for the BSPs themselves.
The benefits of the
Demand Response service
Economic benefits thanks to participation in the dispatching services market (MSD)
Monitoring and optimisation of the energy consumption of your system and decrease of own power extraction or increase of the introduction into the network
Enhancement and increase of own electrical flexibility
Improvement in resource management
Acquisition of an active role in the energy transition process towards an increasingly sustainable and “green” system
Steps needed to participate in the UVAM pilot project:
Sign the document giving mandate to the BSP to access the mechanism
Install a UPM (Monitoring Device Unit) device at the POD
Perform an enabling technical test
The BSP credits the customer through an auction process in order to start earning. In essence, BSP participates in auctions on behalf of the customer, offering its available power and starting to earn
Technical requirements for subjects seeking to participate in the UVAM project (who are not already present on the MSD):
Have a modular power of at least 500 kW
The availability to perform a modulation technical test which will be agreed with TERNA at a pre-established day and time.
Possible availability, in case of Terna’s call, to modulate own power extraction within 15 minutes from the call. A possible call to modulation can take place in the time slot from 14.00 to 20.00 of the days Mon-Fri.
Why choose Energy Team?
Choosing Energy Team means choosing a partner that is:
For over 12 years Energy Team has been supporting its customers in providing services to the national electricity grid, always remaining updated with regulations and new projects. From the interruptibility service to all the pilot projects that are emerging from resolution 300/2017.