The Regional Energy and Environment Agency of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes is studying a microgrid in a small rural village in the frame of the PEGASUS Interreg-MED project. In the village of Saint-Quentin-en-Quint, power outages can occur after strong winds and threaten electricity supply for farmers’ cold stores or woodchip boilers. As a result, local representatives and inhabitants are searching for innovative solutions that can help the village to become independent regarding its energy supply thanks to local energy sources.
The perimeter is delimited by all the 45 consumers connected to the main local power substation. They have already equipped 32 houses in the village with measurement devices. The remaining buildings are mainly unoccupied and it was not relevant to make measurements inside.
There are 2 different types of measurement, depending on the preference of the owner and what is technically feasible. The measurement apparatus is either located on the electric internal board of the house or located on the meter. This second type allows for more detailed load curves. Where it was possible, controllable loads, such as electric water tanks, were registered. They also have an online visualization platform where they can monitor power and voltage every 10 minutes. They are trying to get measurements on the local substation as well. At the moment they are in the process of starting the modelisation of the grid.