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Conceptual design of energy market topologies for communities and their practical applications in EU: A comparison of three case studies

Ewa Neska and Anna Kowalska-Pyzalska

Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 2022, vol. 169, issue C

Abstract: Today several trends, such as liberalization, decarbonization, renewable energy sources (RES) growth, electrification, and digitalization, are putting more and more pressure on the way the energy sector operates. This has resulted in ongoing transformation into smart grids (SG) and spreading of energy communities (EC), making use of new digital technologies and renewable sources. Within this paper we aimed to compare the conceptual designs of EC energy market topologies with some of their practical applications in Europe. Although previous studies have already examined selected SG topologies, our work provides an umbrella view of all potential designs of energy market configuration in which a community plays an active role. In addition, we follow a pragmatic approach, comparing theory with practice, and showing how the theoretical EC concept is currently embedded in reality.

Keywords: Renewable energy community; Business models; Consumers; Digital transformation; Energy transition; Energy market design (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2022
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DOI: 10.1016/j.rser.2022.112921

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