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
  • 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  • Offers unique coverage of an emerging and unpublished topic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
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