Title: Grid financing strategies in the death spiral : a simulation based analysis of grid tariff designs
Authors : Kubli, Merla
Proceedings: Proceedings of the 39rd International Association for Energy Economics International Conference
Conference details: 39th IAEE International Conference, Bergen, Norway, 19-22 June 2016
Issue Date: 2016
License (according to publishing contract) : Licence according to publishing contract
Type of review: Not specified
Language : English
Subjects : Death spiral; Decentral energy systems; Distribution grid; Grid tariff
Subject (DDC) : 333.7: Land, recreational areas and energy
Abstract: Renewable energies, especially photovoltaic (PV), have started a trend towards a decentralization of energy systems. With decreasing levelized costs of energy of new renewable energies, self-consumption concepts become increasingly attractive and have even reached grid parity in some countries already. So called "prosumers" (households that are producers and consumers at the same time) start to replace grid consumers, conducting self-consumption with their locally produced electricity by the PV plants. Since complete autarky cannot be reached with a PV plant for a household, prosumers still consume electricity from the main grid. This on-going diffusion of self-consumption concepts is significantly influenced by the interplay of network externalities within the system, such as learning from peers, altering the perceived utility by households of the investment into decentral generation. The increasing penetration of PV significantly contributes to the creation of a more sustainable power supply in Europe and is considered and supported in many nations by governmental energy strategies. Nevertheless, such decentralization dynamics also lead to multiple challenges in the energy system. New investors enter the energy market, utility companies are forced to adjust their business models and grid operators face technical as well as financial challenges. The presented paper focusses on the financial challenges of grid operators caused by decentralization trends of the electricity system.
Departement: School of Engineering
Organisational Unit: Institute of Sustainable Development (INE)
Publication type: Conference paper
URI: https://digitalcollection.zhaw.ch/handle/11475/15837
Published as part of the ZHAW project : SCCER CREST
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