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 Relevance and Potential Impact
The increasing number of renewable energy sources (RES) and distributed generators (DG) requires new strategies for the operation and management of the electricity grid in order to maintain or even to improve the power supply reliability and quality in future. Further to this situation, liberalization of the grids leads to new management structures in which trading of energy and power is becoming increasing importance. This trend is accompanied by new structures for communication and trading leading finally to digitally controlled interactive electricity grid.

The preparation for the transition from the conventional to the future grid management requires an interdisciplinary approach between research, industry, utilities and consumers, taking into account technical as well as socio-economic and regulatory issues.
The IRED cluster on the integration of RES and DG represents the most important European initiative to provide means for the transition of the electricity grid into a digitally controlled one. By creating a systematic exchange of information inside the cluster and to international, national and regional policy- and programme makers and other actors in the field, a substantial higher dynamics in European Research will be resulting as a contribution to the ERA and providing European Industry with the means to gain leadership.

By increased dynamic in research, the transformation of the current electricity grid into an interactive one multiple benefits can be expected such as the creation of innovative products of the European industry leading to increased export, the realisation of an (electronic) e-energy market going a very much higher flexibility to match supply and demand and thus allowing for a higher integration rate of RES and DG into the electricity grid.
In respect to the substantial increase of renewable energy supply stated in the white book of the European Commission, the IRED coordination action provided the infrastructure, necessary for the realization of the forgets stated in this book.
Finally an increased economics in the production, transmission and distribution of electricity will lead to more attractive energy prices for the benefit of all from the industry to the private consumer.

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