New in Publications: Prosumer Empowerment through Community Power Purchase Agreements: A Market Design for Swarm Grids.

New in Publications: Prosumer Empowerment through Community Power Purchase Agreements: A Market Design for Swarm Grids.

Raluca Dumitrescu, Senior consultant and head of ME – Consult in collaboration with Copenhagen Business School (CBS) has recently contributed to the publication of a research paper and a policy brief, both in the field of SWARM (peer to peer solar microgrid) electrification.

The paper proposes a policy innovation for both a more sustainable and a more inclusive electrification strategy, particularly for improved energy access in the Global South: combining the extension of national grids whilst taking advantage of existing decentralized renewable energy infrastructure allowing their collective feed-in to the national grid. The results demonstrate a series of co-benefits: (a) the prosumer is monetarily rewarded for the utilization of her assets and for electricity trading with no additional infrastructure investment; (b) if the state utility takes over the investment costs with the interconnection infrastructure and outsources the integrated grid operations and maintenance to the private sector, the otherwise high grid expansion costs can be saved and repurposed in other infrastructure investments; (c) the operations of the decentralized renewable energy company are no longer threatened by the grid expansion and it can become an Integrated Grid Operator. Find the paper here.

The results of this study also contributed to the publication of a Policy Brief on prosumer empowerment through community power purchase agreements, where the coexistence of decentralized, renewable energy infrastructure from global south countries with the national grid was studied both technically and economically. To read the paper click here.