Innovation and Disruption at the Grid’s Edge

Innovation and Disruption at the Grid’s Edge

How Distributed Energy Resources are Disrupting the Utility Business Model

1st Edition - May 10, 2017

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  • Editor: Fereidoon Sioshansi
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128117583
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128117637

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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.

Key Features

  • Examines the new players that will disrupt the energy grid markets
  • Offers unique coverage of an emerging and unpublished topic
  • Helps the reader understand up-to-date energy regulations and pricing innovations


Analysis of the growing number of consumers engaging in self-generation and energy storage and how the utility sector and energy grid are regulated to respond

Table of Contents

  • 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

Product details

  • No. of pages: 460
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2017
  • Published: May 10, 2017
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128117583
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128117637

About the Editor

Fereidoon Sioshansi

Fereidoon Sioshansi
Dr. Fereidoon Sioshansi is President of Menlo Energy Economics, a consulting firm based in San Francisco with over 35 years of experience in the electric power sector working in analysis of energy markets, specializing in the policy, regulatory, technical and environmental aspects of the electric power sector in the US and internationally. His research and professional interests are concentrated in demand and price forecasting, electricity market design, competitive pricing & bidding, integrated resource planning, energy conservation and energy efficiency, economics of global climate change, sustainability, energy security, renewable energy technologies, and comparative performance of competitive electricity markets. Dr. Sioshansi advises major utility clients and government policy makers domestically and internationally on electricity market reform, restructuring and privatization of the electric power sector. He has published numerous reports, books, book chapters and papers in peer-reviewed journals on a wide range of subjects. His professional background includes working at Southern California Edison Co. (SCE), Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), NERA, and Global Energy Decisions. He is the editor and publisher of EEnergy Informer, a monthly newsletter with international circulation. He is on the Editorial Advisory Board of The Electricity Journal where he is regularly featured in the “Electricity Currents” section. Dr. Sioshansi also serves on the editorial board of Utilities Policy and is a frequent contributor to Energy Policy. Since 2006, He has edited 12 books on related topics with Elsevier.

Affiliations and Expertise

President, Menlo Energy Economics, San Francisco, CA, USA

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