Think Smartgrid | Electrical Flexibility in the Tertiary Sector, a Necessity for the Electrical Grid

We are thrilled to participate in the Think Smartgrids association and to have contributed to this crucial report on electrical flexibility. This document highlights the importance of developing flexibility in the tertiary sector to meet the growing needs of the electrical system.


The Importance of Flexibility in the Tertiary Sector

The report emphasizes that electrical flexibility in tertiary buildings (office buildings, shopping centers, public buildings, warehouses) remains a largely untapped potential. Currently, this potential is not fully realized due to an insufficient return on investment compared to the necessary technologies. However, optimizing this flexibility can significantly reduce the strain on the electrical grid during peak periods.

Benefits for the Electrical Grid

Implementing flexibility in the tertiary sector offers several advantages for the electrical grid:

  • Reduction of Peak Periods: By adjusting energy consumption in real-time, tertiary buildings can help smooth out demand peaks, thus improving the stability and resilience of the grid.
  • Integration of Renewable Energy: Better demand management facilitates the integration of intermittent renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind, making the grid more environmentally friendly and sustainable.
  • Investment Savings: By using flexibility solutions, the investments needed to expand grid capacity can be reduced, leading to significant savings.


This report highlights the urgent need to harness the potential of electrical flexibility in the tertiary sector. By doing so, we can not only enhance the efficiency and resilience of the electrical grid but also support the transition to a more sustainable energy system that is less dependent on fossil fuels. Think Smartgrids will continue to collaborate with key stakeholders to promote and develop these essential practices.