Smart Grid Project Utrecht

Smart Grid, Case Study, Smart meter, Infrastructure, climate change, Carbon, Utrecht, Netherlands

A sustainable image of the end users en the neighborhood are maybe the key success factors

Smart Grid Project Utrecht (the Netherlands). 

Technology and investment in Smart Grid infrastructure: Case study including results.


  1. Two medium scale smart grids in the cities of Amersfoort and Utrecht that foster the local use of locally produced solar power
  2. Innovative smart grid services assessed with regard to their feasibility and end-user appeal. The most promising services are promoted for market uptake.
  3. Proof of concept for new systems which can be used in future operational systems

Why they acted

For optimum utilization of the installed capacity of solar panels is adjustment of electricity demand attractive. Consumers can be motivated to respond at times when renewable energy peaks by starting his electrical machines like the washing machine, electrical cars and the Quooker.

How we did it

  • More than 17,000 houses monitored energy use with smart meters and other technology to test usage patterns and weigh up greater energy efficiency.

Trial technologies and applications

  • Grid applications
    grid-side monitoring and control technologies to reduce network operating costs and support the future planning and implementation of lower-cost networks
  • Customer applications
    residential electricity consumption, reliability, customer behaviour and responses to feedback technologies and pricing models.
  • Distributed generation and distributed storage
    distributed generation and distributed storage within electricity grids, at the level of small communities
  • Supporting information and communication technology platforms
    integration of various high-speed, reliable and secure data communications network and associated IT systems with the electricity distribution network

Next step

The project has been continued in order to save more energy and ensure better control the distribution of renewable energy.

Lessons Learned

  • Research results and successful approaches are actively disseminated from the project start onwards. By that, the regional economy and society take optimal advantage of the project deliverables.
  • The market uptake and knowledge dissemination of the new services contribute to the energy transition and CO2-reduction.
  • A sustainable image of the end users en the neighborhood are maybe the key success factors.
  • The application of variable rates in Smart Grid concepts adds to supply and demand management.
  • Solar panels have been used in many projects. Solar Power is perfect in a city district which can be combined well with demand
  • Small Wind turbines don’t give electricity return in an urban area. Larger turbines at district levels are interesting but difficult to place.


Vera Haaksma – Project Management Office

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