Brussels/Berlin - Elia Group has published a vision paper on the electricity system of the future, in which the end user plays an active and central role. Towards a Consumer-Centric System encourages consumers (households and industries) to directly benefit from advanced energy services via a real-time communication platform, an appropriate market design and digital innovations. This will enable end users to maximally exploit their technological investments (solar panels, heat pumps, boilers, batteries, electric cars, etc.), optimise their electricity bills and contribute to system balance.
In the paper, Elia mentions the changing context of the energy system with a growing share of decentralised and variable generation, and international electricity flows. To keep the system in balance, demand for electricity will increasingly have to be geared to expected generation. This means there will be a growing need for flexible capacity that can be deployed in real time. Prosumers can play an important role in this by actively participating in market events.
To make the consumer-centric energy system possible, Elia Group says three key building blocks are needed:
Call for market parties to sign up for the test environment
With the publication of the vision paper, Elia Group is encouraging all interested market parties to take part in the test environment (sandbox), where new and existing concepts can be tested and assessed in preparation for being scaled up at a later stage. Market parties have until 12 January 2019 to sign up for our sandbox.
Interested parties can sign up (by 12 January 2019) via firstname.lastname@example.org or innovation.elia.be/market-facilitation/consumercentricsystem.
Press release as PDF file
PDF file of the Vision Paper