Opportunities for interconnection of adjacent distribution feeders in GB networks

Dixon, James and Bell, Keith and Elders, Ian (2017) Opportunities for interconnection of adjacent distribution feeders in GB networks. In: 52nd International Universities' Power Engineering Conference, 2017-08-29 - 2017-09-01, T.E.I. of Crete.

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    Abstract

    This paper presents an investigation into the potential benefits of interconnecting adjacent 33 kV demand groups in the GB distribution network by presentation of two case studies. Results presented are, firstly, a comparison of load profiles of adjacent groups and, secondly, following application of a series of credible future scenarios, the potential reduction in loss of load and generation curtailment achievable from interconnection and the proportion of time for which interconnection would be utilised. It was found that there is significant dissimilarity between load profiles of the adjacent groups analysed and interconnection could be valuable for the future distribution system. The value of interconnection could be increased with the use of storage, though more analysis is needed to quantify the economic viability of this.