Congestion Management using Local Flexibility Markets: Recent Development and Challenges
Paper i proceeding, 2019

Increasing amount of renewable based distributed generation at distribution systems, leads to an increased need for active distribution network management dealing with local network congestion and voltage issues. Development of local flexibility markets aims to provide a market-based solution to these issues. This paper presents a comprehensive review of proposed approaches towards markets exploiting the flexibilities from the demand-side. Efforts have been made on presenting a systematic overview of market design, including e.g. framework, participation, bidding and clearing mechanisms, of local flexibility market proposals developed in recent years. The implementation and regulatory issues and challenges are also discussed. The paper also presents the conceptual framework of the local flexibility service market which is currently being developed within UNITED-GRID project. This proposal aims to provide a holistic approach on local service markets, so that Distribution System Operators (DSOs) are provided with a market-based instrument to manage their networks efficiently.

distribution network


Congestion management

local flexibility markets

voltage management.


Ioannis Bouloumpasis

Chalmers, Elektroteknik, Elkraftteknik

David Steen

Chalmers, Elektroteknik, Elkraftteknik

Anh Tuan Le

Chalmers, Elektroteknik, Elkraftteknik

Proceedings of 2019 IEEE PES Innovative Smart Grid Technologies Europe, ISGT-Europe 2019

Vol. 2019 8905489
978-1-5386-8218-0 (ISBN)

2019 IEEE PES Innovative Smart Grid Technologies Europe (ISGT-Europe)
Bucharest, Romania,

Integrated cyber-physical solutions for intelligent distribution grid with high penetration of renewables (UNITED-GRID)

Europeiska kommissionen (EU) (EC/H2020/773717), 2017-11-01 -- 2020-04-30.


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Innovation och entreprenörskap




Elektroteknik och elektronik

Annan elektroteknik och elektronik



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