Future DSO control rooms requirements
In the context of the present survey the “future” is limited to 2030 horizon.

Acronyms:

DSO Distribution System Operator
TSO Transmission System Operator
ICT Information and Communication Technologies
TLC Telecommunication

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Questions to DSOs
Density of control centres
Which is the actual density of control centres on your distribution network?
Please, provide number of control centres, area size of the supervised grid, number of customers, other specific local properties
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What are the present criteria for deciding the need of a control room in your distribution network?
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Do you foresee a change in the density of control centres in future (i.e. 2030)?
If 'yes' please explain why
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Role of the human operator
Do DSOs foresee changes in the role of the human operator in control centres in the future (i.e. 2030)?
If yes, please explain which roles will disappear/add or will modify.
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Do you foresee new type of activities and decisions will be taken in future control centres?
If 'yes', please describe briefly the new activities/decisions.
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Which activities will be automated or which new support to decisions?
(e.g. because of the data will be too complex and/or too numerous and/or too quick to be evaluated by a human)
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Will there be control centres without permanent (24/7) presence of human operator or remotely controlled?
If “yes”, explain why and what type of control centres will be without operator.
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Impact of Smart Grids applications
How future control centres should monitor the execution of local control algorithms on portions of the underlying networks (e.g. voltage control, optimal grid configuration, fault localization)?
Please specify the foreseen local control algorithms and how these should be monitored.
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In smart grids, the ICT infrastructure is integral part of the control systems, that include both computing resources and communication equipment. How the operator should supervise and manage threats towards the new control systems?
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How ICT systems operation is supervised and managed today in control centres, including cyber-attacks?
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If you find the present practice need to be improved, please explain what should be done.
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Which type of interventions of the control room operator are expected in case of ICT failure? What are the useful information to support the operator?
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Control centres external links
Will the future control centres be involved in Market related decisions for the operational planning and/or real time operation?
If “yes” please select which markets and explain why.
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In Demand Response applications for using the flexibility of grid connected resources how do you foresee the roles of the Aggregator, the DSO, TSO and the Metering operator?
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Do the DSO control centre operator need to use information from these external actors?
If yes, please specify what information and why
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Do you foresee usage of metering data in grid operation in the future?
If 'yes', which metering data (consumption, voltage, ... real time, historical, …) will be used by the DSO control centre and by the operator and for what purpose?
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Specific questions for demo projects
Does the smart grid applications implemented in your demo influence activities in the control centres?
If 'yes' what kind of changes and in which type of control centres?
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Do the smart grid solutions tested in the demo require implementation of new functionalities and visualizations in control room?
If 'yes', please explain what and why
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Is it needed to implement new data exchange of DSO control centres with external actors (TSOs, Aggregators, Markets, TLC operators, …)?
If 'yes', please explain why and how for each of the selected actors
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Is the DSO control centre operator aware of malfunctions of the smart grid applications implemented in the demo?
If ‘yes’, has the operator the possibility to do some diagnosis of malfunctions? How?
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If ‘yes’, can the operator check the status of ICT infrastructure (including computing resources and communication equipment)? How?
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If ‘no’ what should be done in control room
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Do you use in your demo dedicated or public communication infrastructures?
Please explain  the  motivation of the choice (costs, reliability, latency, bandwidth, security, etc.) and if you expect different choice in case of wide deployment of the application tested in the demo?
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Who has (or should have) the responsibility of the communication services for each application in your demo?
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Based on demo experience, which indicators/parameters should be used by the control room operator to monitor the availability and the quality of service of the end to end communication infrastructure?
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