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Innovation and Disruption at the Grid’s Edge - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128117583, 9780128117637

Innovation and Disruption at the Grid’s Edge

1st Edition

How Distributed Energy Resources are Disrupting the Utility Business Model

Editor: Fereidoon Sioshansi
Paperback ISBN: 9780128117583
eBook ISBN: 9780128117637
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 10th May 2017
Page Count: 460
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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  • Offers unique coverage of an emerging and unpublished topic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


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About the Editor

Fereidoon Sioshansi

Fereidoon Sioshansi

Fereidoon Sioshansi is President of Menlo Energy Economics, a consulting firm focused on the rapid transformation of the electric power sector. He is the editor and publisher of EEnergy Informer, a monthly newsletter with international circulation. His professional experience includes working at Southern California Edison Co. (SCE), Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), NERA, and Global Energy Decisions. Since 2006, he has edited 13 books published by Academic Press; the latest, Variable generation, flexible demand, was published in 2021

Affiliations and Expertise

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


"Sioshansi’s introduction explains the new focus on distributed energy resources (DERs), and the book is split between three sections: the economics of DERs versus traditional bundled service at regulated tariffs; bifurcation of customers between those who can access their own energy and those who cannot; and the rise of aggregators, integrators and intermediaries. Not a review so much as a description of the book as an advertisement for an event based on the topic of the book - the review is positive, but there is no clear opinion or judgement." --Energy Spectrum

"There are books that try everything possible to challenge their readers’ brains processing capabilities; if there is someone competent enough to make these types of exploration books timely and relevant. There comes Fereidoon, a born ‘Christopher Columbus’, exploring the frontiers of knowledge and practice in the utility industry; and this 4th book edited since 2013." --Economics of Energy and Environmental Policy (EEEP)

"There are books that try everything possible to challenge their readers’ brains processing capabilities. There comes Fereidoon, a born ‘Christopher Columbus’, exploring the frontiers of knowledge and practice in the utility industry. It focuses entirely on the “grid’s edge”, the unique and unprecedented transformations occurring in the Western world, behind the devices connecting the consumers to the grid. Incredibly rich." --Jean-Michel Glachant, Economics of Energy & Environmental Policy Vol. 7: 1, 2018, IAEE

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