Innovation and Disruption at the Grid’s Edge
How distributed energy resources are disrupting the utility business model


Language: Anglais
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Innovation and Disruption at the Grid’s Edge examines the viable developments in peer-to-peer transactions enabled by open platforms on the grid’s edge. With consumers and prosumers using more electronic platforms to trade surplus electricity from rooftop solar panels, share a storage battery, or use smart gadgets that manage load and self-generation, the grid's edge is becoming crowded.

The book examines the growing number of consumers engaging in self-generation and storage, and analyzes the underlying causes and drivers of change, as well as the implications of how the utility sector - particularly the distribution network - should/could be regulated. The book also explores how tariffs are set and revenues are collected to cover both fixed and variable costs in a sustainable way. This reference is useful for anyone interested in the areas of energy generation and regulation, especially stakeholders engaged in the generation, transmission, and distribution of power.

Part I: Envisioning alternative futures
.1. Innovation & disruption at the “grid’s edge”
. 2. Innovation, disruption and the survival of the fittest
. 3. The great rebalancing act: Rattling the electricity value chain from behind the meter
. 4. Beyond community solar:  Aggregating local distributed resources for resilience and sustainability
. 5. Grid vs. distributed solar: What does Australia’s experience say about the competitiveness of distributed energy?
. 6. Powering the driverless electric car of the future
. 7. Regulations, barriers and opportunities to the growth of DERs in the Spanish power sector
. 8. Quintessential innovation for transformation of the power sector

Part II. Enabling future innovations
. 9. Bringing DERs into the mainstream: Regulations, innovation and disruption at the grid’s edge
. 10. Public policy issues associated with feed-in-tariffs and net metering:
An Australian perspective
. 11. We don’t need a new business model: “It ain’t broke and it don’t need fixin”
. 12. Towards dynamic network tariffs: A proposal for Spain
. 13. Internet of Things and the economics of microgrids

Part III. Alternative business models
. 14. Access rights and consumer protection in a distributed energy system
. 15. The transformation of the German electricity sector and the emergence of new business models in distributed energy systems
. 16. Peer-to-peer energy matching: Transparency, choice and locational grid pricing
. 17. Virtual power plants: Bringing the flexibility of decentralized loads and generation to power markets
. 18. Integrated community-based energy systems: Aligning technology, incentives and regulations
. 19. Solar grid parity and its impact on the grid

Dr. Fereidoon Sioshansi is President of Menlo Energy Economics, San Francisco, USA.