Transforming the grid
Making the distribution network fit for the future.
Project at a glance:
- Objective: Ensure the future viability of the grid operators
- Client: E.ON Germany
- Location: Germany – from Rendsburg to Regensburg
- Duration: Initially 18 months, second phase: 12 months
- Team: Up to 5 consultants on a regular rotation basis
The energy transition and increasing cost pressure are confronting the grid with huge challenges. For example, in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany’s northernmost state, renewable capacity already exceeds the maximum consumption load. Numerous cables, stations and connections need to be built to relay the power and grid operators must react even more quickly to customer demand.
To prepare the grid operators for the new challenges, more than 1,000 grid employees were involved to identify improvement areas and define measures geared to achieving more efficient workflows, processes and interfaces. For the implementation, changing culture and behavior and understanding continuous improvement as a whole was a key element of the project. Training the grid managers, empowering them and helping them to implement the improvements was a key element for this change.
Besides the optimization of workflows, processes and interfaces, great emphasis has been placed towards changing culture and behavior. Today, targets and performance indicators have been developed and are being discussed more openly. The approach has been very successful and a large number of managers from other grid operators have asked about our concept.
“For me it was respect for the achievements of my grid colleagues. If you are a consultant and have already been involved in a number of projects of a more conceptual nature, then you tend to become a bit out of touch. As you are aware, ECON also trains executives for a Group role – and this project provided really great insights into the operative business.”
Arne, Project Manager
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