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Radical Prosumer Innovations in the Electricity Sector and the Impact on Prosumer Regulation

Saskia Lavrijssen () and Arturo Carrillo Parra ()
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Saskia Lavrijssen: Economic Regulation and Governance of Network Industries, Tilburg Law & Economics Center (TILEC), Tilburg University, PO Box 90153, 5000 LE Tilburg, The Netherlands
Arturo Carrillo Parra: International and European Law, Tilburg Law & Economics Center (TILEC), Tilburg University, P.O. Box 90153, 5000 LE Tilburg, The Netherlands

Sustainability, 2017, vol. 9, issue 7, 1-21

Abstract: The electricity sector is in a transition towards a Smart Energy System where the roles of private and institutional actors are evolving. This work deals with the influence of some technological innovations, enabling social innovations such as peer to peer trading and the participation in local energy collectives, on the regulation of the rights and obligations of consumers and prosumers in the electricity sector. It identifies the main radical innovations in the electricity market and analyses the legal and related non-legal obstacles that may impede the empowerment of energy consumers and prosumers. Some recommendations are provided to ensure that consumers and prosumers are empowered and can benefit from these new technological and social innovations in the electricity market. The recommendations relate to an accurate definition of prosumers and active consumers, the integration of demand response, the evolving role of distribution network operators and the birth of peer-to-peer trading.

Keywords: energy transition; consumer empowerment; radical innovation; electricity regulation; peer to peer trading; digital platforms; block chain (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q Q0 Q2 Q3 Q5 Q56 O13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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