Energy Communities

Energy Communities: Customer-Centered, Market-Driven, Welfare-Enhancing?, Sabine Lobbe, Fereidoon Sioshansi, David Robinson (eds.), Elsevier July 2022, ISBN 978-0-32-391135-1, 514 pages, $140.00.

In the power sector, distributed as well as renewable energy sources are gaining market share. Simultaneously, the role of the end customer is changing from passive “load” to be served to one of an active participant in the market. By producing, storing and managing energy on their premises, citizens can start to assume responsibility for balancing the energy system. Energy communities may be an important means to support this process. This book explores whether and how energy communities can be part of the solution, serving to integrate customers as active participants in future electricity markets.

Key features

  • Explores whether and how different kinds of energy communities contribute to the transition towards distributed energy systems;
  • Describes how policy, market and regulatory frameworks need to be adjusted;
  • Describes the appeal of energy communities to energy customers and identifies their economic, ecological, emotional and social benefits;
  • Examines enabling technologies and community design in the power or heating market or involving sector coupling; and
  • Explores how energy communities can turn into promising business models for different actors along the value chain.

About the editors

Sabine Löbbe is Professor at Reutlingen University, Germany and researches on distributed energy systems and energy efficiency. Since 2022, she is a member of the Climate Protection Council of Experts of Baden-Württemberg. Her extensive experience is based on her own consulting business in the energy industry. She was Director for Strategy and Business Development at swb AG, Bremen and project manager at Arthur D. Little Inc. and VSE AG, Saarbrücken.

David Robinson is Senior Research Fellow with the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies. David was previously a Director and Board Member of two international economic consultancies, NERA and the Brattle Group. He has led academic and consulting projects on energy for over 30 years, most recently on market design and regulation to support consumer participation in electricity decarbonization in Europe, China and Latin America.

Fereidoon Sioshansi is the founder and president of Menlo Energy Economics, a consulting firm advising clients on strategic issues in the electricity sector. He is the editor and publisher of EEnergy Informer, a monthly newsletter with international circulation. His prior work experience includes working at So. Calif. Edison Co., EPRI, NERA, and Global Energy Decisions. This is his 14th edited or co-edited volume.

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