Comments on: Making demand for electricity more flexible – a consumer view https://www.euractiv.com/section/energy/opinion/making-demand-for-electricity-more-flexible-a-consumer-view/ EU news and policy debates across languages Thu, 30 Aug 2018 01:56:18 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 By: Mike Parr https://www.euractiv.com/section/energy/opinion/making-demand-for-electricity-more-flexible-a-consumer-view/#comment-334500 Thu, 31 May 2018 07:48:56 +0000 https://www.euractiv.com/?post_type=opinion&p=1242218#comment-334500 Mrs Malizou makes some fair points. However, something was missing from the analysis and that was an analysis of where control resides and the nature of the control. Most of the article focused on data – and control of its flow (fine). This sentence ” hoosing the most advantageous flexible charging offer will require some effort from the consumer” started to go in the right direction.

Agents: what a given household needs is an “agent” a piece of software that can negotiate with DNOs, energy suppliers etc etc. The agent would define what was needed (in terms of energy) and what household systems could supply (in terms of energy) both in terms of quantity and timing. Prices would be agreed and energy supplied. The agent would act on behalf of the householder.

The EU via its FP programmes has already supported some projects aimed at developing agents. Perhaps it should support more. They would go some way towards redressing the power imbalance (actually an informational and analytical imbalance) between households and DNOs/TSOs/energy suppliers

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