Local Electricity Markets

Local Electricity Markets

1st Edition - July 3, 2021

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  • Editors: Tiago Pinto, Zita Vale, Steve Widergren
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128226667
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128200742

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Local Electricity Markets introduces the fundamental characteristics, needs, and constraints shaping the design and implementation of local electricity markets. It addresses current proposed local market models and lessons from their limited practical implementation. The work discusses relevant decision and informatics tools considered important in the implementation of local electricity markets. It also includes a review on management and trading platforms, including commercially available tools. Aspects of local electricity market infrastructure are identified and discussed, including physical and software infrastructure. It discusses the current regulatory frameworks available for local electricity market development internationally. The work concludes with a discussion of barriers and opportunities for local electricity markets in the future.

Key Features

  • Delineates key components shaping the design and implementation of local electricity market structure
  • Provides a coherent view on the enabling infrastructures and technologies that underpin local market expansion
  • Explores the current regulatory environment for local electricity markets drawn from a global panel of contributors
  • Exposes future paths toward widespread implementation of local electricity markets using an empirical review of barriers and opportunities
  • Reviews relevant local electricity market case studies, pilots and demonstrators already deployed and under implementation


Academics, researchers and students in the power and energy domain (in particular those working in the fields of electricity markets, smart grid and microgrid). Power and energy systems designers, planners, operators and consultants. Practicing engineers. Software developers (service providers). International organisations (e.g. International Energy Agency). Government scientists and analysts (developed and developing countries). Government policymakers (developed and developing countries). Distribution network utilities

Table of Contents

  • Part I Distributed energy resources as enablers of local electricity markets

    1. New electricity markets. The challenges of variable renewable energy

    Ana Estanqueiro and António Couto

    2. Integration of electric vehicles in local energy markets

    José Almeida and João Soares

    3. From wholesale energy markets to local flexibility markets: structure, models and operation

    Fernando Lopes

    4. From the smart grid to the local electricity market

    Fernando Lezama, Tiago Pinto, Zita Vale, Gabriel Santos and Steve Widergren

    Part II Local market models and opportunities

    5. Local market models

    Amin Shokri Gazafroudi, Hosna Khajeh, Miadreza Shafie-khah, Hannu Laaksonen and Juan Manuel Corchado

    6. Peer-to-peer energy platforms

    Liyang Han, Thomas Morstyn and Malcolm D. McCulloch

    7. Transmission system operator and distribution system operator interaction

    Hugo Gabriel Morais Valente, E. Lambert and J. Cantenot

    8. Local electricity markets—practical implementations

    Ricardo Faia, Fernando Lezama and Juan Manuel Corchado

    Part III Enablers for local electricity markets

    9. Local energy markets, commercially available tools

    Jan Segerstam

    10. Distributed energy resource management system

    Quoc Tuan Tran, Van Hoa Nguyen, Ngoc An Luu and Elvira Amicarelli

    11. Modeling, simulation, and decision support

    Danial Esmaeili Aliabadi, Emre Çelebi, Murat Elhüseyni and Güvenç Sahin

    12. Blockchain as messaging infrastructure for smart grids

    Iván S. Razo-Zapata and Mihail Mihaylov

    13. Load profiling revisited: prosumer profiling for local energy markets

    Gianfranco Chicco and Andrea Mazza

    14. Forecasting

    Elena Mocanu, Decebal Constantin Mocanu, Nikolaos G. Paterakis and Madeleine Gibescu

    15. Mathematical models and optimization techniques to support local electricity markets

    John Fredy Franco, Leonardo H. Macedo, Nataly Bañol Arias, Alejandra Tabares, Rubén Romero and João Soares

    Part IV Regulatory framework: Current trends and future Perspectives

    16. An economic analysis of market design: Local energy markets for energy and grid services

    L. Lynne Kiesling

    17. South American Markets—regulatory framework: current trends and future prospects in South America

    Rubipiara C. Fernandes, Edison A.C. Aranha Neto and Fabrício Y.K. Takigawa

    18. Electricity markets and local electricity markets in Europe

    Zita Vale, Débora de São José and Tiago Pinto

    19. Local electricity markets: regulation, opportunities, and challenges in the

    United Kingdom

    Karim L. Anaya

    20. Competition and restructuring of the South African electricity market

    Komla Agbenyo Folly

    21. Asia electricity markets

    Panhong Cheng and Yan Gao

    22. Current trends and perspectives in Australia

    Alan Moran

    Conclusions and paths for future research and development

Product details

  • No. of pages: 472
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2021
  • Published: July 3, 2021
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128226667
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128200742

About the Editors

Tiago Pinto

Tiago Pinto (Lecturer, BISITE research group, University of Salamanca, Spain) works in the application of AI techniques to the study of electricity markets, specifically in the decision support of negotiating agents. He has been involved in several research projects involving the development and use of: Multi-Agent systems, Machine Learning algorithms, Knowledge-Based systems, Game Theory, Neural Networks, Genetic Algorithms, Particle Swarm Intelligence, and Data Mining. He is particularly interested in electricity markets, addressing the decision-support for market participants, negotiation strategies, machine learning and agent-based market simulation. He is also interested in smart grids, accommodating an intensive use of Renewable Energy Sources, Distributed Energy Resources (DER) and Distributed Generation (DG), addressing the management of energy resources and the negotiation of DER in electricity markets. He has authored over 150 publications in international journals and conferences. He has co-edited several books and special issues in journals related to power and energy systems and artificial intelligence.

Affiliations and Expertise

Lecturer, BISITE research group, University of Salamanca, Spain

Zita Vale

Zita Vale (GECAD research group, Polytechnic of Porto, Portugal) is Professor at the School of Engineering (ISEP) of the Polytechnic of Porto (IPP) and Director of GECAD – Research Group on Intelligent Engineering and Computing for Advanced Innovation and Developments. Her main interests regard the application of Artificial Intelligence Techniques to Power systems, including Knowledge based systems, Multi-agent systems, Neural Networks, Meta-heuristics, Optimization, Machine Learning, and Knowledge Discovery Techniques. She has been involved in more than 40 R&D projects from which she coordinated more than 20 projects. She is principally interested in Smart Grids, with an intensive use of Renewable Energy Sources, Distributed Energy Resources and Distributed Generation, addressing the management of energy resources, the negotiation of DER in electricity markets, demand response, and electric vehicles. She is also interested in electricity markets, addressing prices and tariffs, decision-support for market participants, ancillary services, derivatives market, pricing and market simulation.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, School of Engineering (ISEP) of the Polytechnic of Porto (IPP) and Director, GECAD – Research Group on Intelligent Engineering and Computing for Advanced Innovation and Developments

Steve Widergren

Steve Widergren (Principal Engineer, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA) is interested in the application of information technology to power engineering problems including simulation, control, and system integration. He was the founding Administrator for the GridWise Architecture Council – a group formed to enable interoperability of automated systems related to the electric system. Prior to joining the Laboratory, Mr. Widergren was a corporate engineer at ESCA, now GE, an electricity control center supplier. Prior to that, he worked at American Electric Power and interned at Pacific Gas and Electric. In these positions, he engineered and managed energy management systems products for electric power operations and supported power system computer applications.

Affiliations and Expertise

Principal Engineer, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA

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