Coordination of transmission and distribution planning and operations to maximise efficiency in future power systems

Lufs Castanheira, G.W. Ault, Marilio Cardoso, J.R. McDonald, J. Borges Gouveia, Zita Vale

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Transmission and distribution networks have been historically planned and operated as almost two separate entities. Future power networks will provide a new framework where this practice will no longer be desirable or possible. In particular, achieving maximum efficiency in planning and operating the transmission system will require the consideration, and possible coordination and exchange, of functions, services and information across the transmission-distribution interface. In this paper the authors review current Transmission System Operator (TSO) approaches to planning and operations, present possible visions of future power networks with emphasis on the functions, services and information exchange across the transmission-distribution boundary, and finish with a proposal for reviewing the whole concept of efficiency in future power systems. This work sets the context for research in the area of efficiency of T&D planning and operations with the objective of contributing to the sustainable development of power systems.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2005
Event2005 International Conference on Future Power Systems - Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 18 Nov 2005 → …


Conference2005 International Conference on Future Power Systems
Period18/11/05 → …


  • coordination
  • transmission
  • distribution planning
  • operations
  • maximise efficiency
  • power systems

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