This session is part of the Clean Energy Regulators Initiative Webinar Programme.
Theme 2 - Pressure Points
Module 2: Voltage Quality Regulation
Voltage quality, sometimes called power quality or technical quality, covers a variety of disturbances in an electrical power system. It is mainly determined by the quality of the voltage waveform and it is an important aspect of the electricity service.
Customers are becoming increasingly sensitive to disturbances in voltage quality. This issue is particularly important taking into account the new regulatory frameworks which put strong emphasis on cost reduction, thereby potentially jeopardizing quality. When setting up a quality regulation framework, there are a number of basic issues that need to be considered first. This understanding is crucial in order to make the right choices in order to arrive at an effective voltage quality regulatory system. It is important to clearly define voltage quality and develop suitable indicators.
This presentation assesses the issue of what regulators need to consider whenever establishing a voltage quality regulatory framework for distribution networks (i.e. up to 35 kV). It presents a general set of guidelines that regulators could consider in introducing and developing voltage quality regulation. Regulation of five important voltage quality dimensions is considered: short-interruptions, voltage dips, flicker, supply voltage variation and harmonic distortion.