Publication type: Article in scientific journal
Type of review: Peer review (publication)
Title: Consumer-centric and capital efficient design of community microgrids for financially-strapped communities
Authors: Gui, Emi Minghui
MacGill, Iain
Betz, Regina
et. al: No
DOI: 10.1080/15567249.2021.1983083
Published in: Energy Sources, Part B: Economics, Planning, and Policy
Volume(Issue): 16
Issue: 10
Page(s): 929
Pages to: 950
Issue Date: 18-Oct-2021
Publisher / Ed. Institution: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1556-7249
Language: English
Subjects: Demand response; Dynamic pricing; Microgrid planning; Capacity subscription; Consumer preference; Service reliability
Subject (DDC): 333.79: Energy
Abstract: Subscription-based microgrids have been deployed to serve electricity needs of rural communities due to their simple user interfaces and basic energy management requirements. However, these projects often suffer from economic inefficiency to sustain long-term operations, lacking insufficient price signals and demand side, as well as uncertainties around consumer participation. This article proposes a consumer-centric planning and design framework for community microgrids, based on capacity subscription with self-rationing to reveal consumers’ real preferences in service reliability and their budget constraints, in order to achieve social welfare maximization and revenue adequacy. This capital efficient community microgrid greatly simplifies the microgrid investment planning, operation and scheduling, and reduces capital requirements and transaction costs, thus to improve electricity accessibility and affordability and to incentivize private sector investments. This is particularly advantageous in microgrid applications for financially strapped communities when incorporating high share of variable renewable energy generations. Requiring a lower level of investments than the current subscription-based microgrids, our analysis shows the benefits of the proposed design in improving the consumers’ surplus, and supply–demand matching, achieving cost recovery, and desired level of service reliability for consumers.
Fulltext version: Published version
License (according to publishing contract): Licence according to publishing contract
Departement: School of Management and Law
Organisational Unit: Center for Energy and Environment (CEE)
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