TASK — 14

Reactive Power Management with Distributed Energy Resources

As grids lean more on renewables, managing reactive power is crucial for stability and reliability. The IEA PVPS Task 14 report explores reactive power management’s vital role in grid stabilization, voltage control, and maintaining power quality, emphasizing the importance of Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) in reactive power control. It includes case studies and insights from various countries on utilizing photovoltaics and renewables for reactive power management.

The main authors have identified the following 3 Key Takeaways from the Report: 

  1. There is a need for updated regulatory frameworks to align with the evolving energy landscape and ensure the resilience and efficiency of power systems.
  2. The potential of Distributed Energy Resources as a source for reactive power services should be further explored, including the enhanced integration of solar PV forecasting. 
  3. Collaboration between TSOs and DSOs is essential to facilitate effective reactive power management, and could be enhanced with Information and Communications Technology.