Innovation and Disruption at the Grid’s Edge, Fereidoon P. Sioshansi (ed.), Elsevier 2008, ISBN 978-0-12-811758-3, 460 pages, $125.
The electric power sector is undergoing fundamental transformation at an unprecedented pace driven by technological innovation and disruptions taking place primarily at the intersection of the distribution network and customer’s premises – at the grid’s edge. The most important drivers of change include:
- Rapid uptake of distributed energy resources (DERs), notably rooftop solar PVs and energy efficiency;
- Advances in energy storage and management that allows more active participation by consumers in how, how much, and when energy is generated, consumed, stored or possibly shared or traded; and
- Promising developments in open platforms that allow variable generation and loads to be aggregated while allowing peer-to-peer trading among participants.
This book examines the implications of DERs and the rise of prosumers on the incumbents’ business models and challenges facing regulators who must allow innovation to take place while managing a level playing field for the newcomers and existing players.
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Review on the EE Publishers website.
Interview with Dr. Sioshansi about the book on the Elsevier website.