Advanced monitoring and demand side management – enablers for provision of system services by distribution network operators.

Professor Jovica V Milanovic Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, The University of Manchester, UK


For the purpose of mugging the climate change and efficient and sustainable use of energy resources the significant amount of renewable energy sources (RES) have and are being connected to transmission and distribution networks around the world. The power systems with significant RES penetration, often intermittent and stochastic, demonstrate different steady state and dynamic behaviour and variable levels of and reliability in supplying demand. Therefore, there is growing requirement for cost effective, security, control and flexibility provision by the RES, demand and energy storage. The focus of this presentation is on one of these new system service providers, namely end users or demand side management. Demand Side Management (DSM) is the modifications of demand side energy consumption patterns through methods such as financial incentives or raising awareness of environmental sustainability. Usually, the objective of DSM is to encourage end-users to reduce demand consumption during peak times or shift the energy use to off-peak times, e.g., during the night, to cater for system operational economics, network investment deferral, and system reliability enhancement. In order to perform any DSM for the purpose of provision of advanced network services the necessary condition is full observability and controllability of demand. The first part of this presentation is focusing on methods for enhanced observability and controllability of demand in order to provide system support and ensure required system flexibility in light of increased penetration of RES. The second part is focusing on current efforts in the UK related to forthcoming periodic price review of Electricity Distribution Networks, i.e., RIIO-ED2 (2023-2028 electricity distribution price controls). RIIO-2 (Revenue=Incentives+Innovation+Outputs) is the next (RIIO-ED1 will end on 31 March 2023) round of network price controls to start from 2021 which will be tougher on electricity distribution network companies to deliver innovation, reliability and investment at the least cost to consumers.


Jovica V Milanovic received Dipl.Ing. and M.Sc. degrees from the University of Belgrade, Yugoslavia, Ph.D. degree from the University of Newcastle, Australia, and D.Sc. degree from The University of Manchester, UK. Prior to joining The University of Manchester, UK, in 1998, he worked with “Energoproject”, Engineering and Consulting Co. and the University of Belgrade in Yugoslavia, and the Universities of Newcastle and Tasmania in Australia.

Currently, he is a Professor of Electrical Power Engineering and  Deputy Head  of Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering  at The University of Manchester, UK, and Visiting Professor at the University of Novi Sad and the University of Belgrade, Serbia. He was chairman of 4 international conferences, editor or member of editorial/technical boards of 70+ international journals and conferences, research project assessor or panel member for numerous international government research funding councils, member of 9 (convenor of 3) past or current IEEE/CIGRE/CIRED WG and consultant or member of advisory boards for several international companies. Professor Milanovic published over 550 research papers and reports, gave about 30 key-note speeches at international conferences and presented about 150 courses/tutorials and lectures to industry and academia around the world.

Professor Milanovic is a Chartered Engineer in the UK, Foreign Member of the Serbian Academy of Engineering Sciences, Fellow of the IET, Fellow of the IEEE, Distinguished IEEE PES Lecturer, member of the  IEEE PES Governing Board as Regional Representative for Europe, Middle East and Africa, Chair of the IEEE Herman Halperin Transmission and Distribution Award Committee and a member of  the Customer Engagement Group ( an independent customer group helping to shape Electricity North West’s (one of six DNO in the UK) business plans to ensure that they address the needs and preferences of their current and future customers and stakeholders.

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