Talk community interview: BestRes
See what Fabian Pause, Head of Department for European and International Environmental Energy Law and Comparative Law, Foundation for Environmental Energy Law – Stiftung Umweltenergierecht (SUER) has to say about the opportunities and threats he sees for the industry.
- What does BestRES see as the biggest opportunity for the smart energy industry?
The biggest opportunity for the smart energy industry will be represented by the capacity to provide flexibility in a European electricity market characterized, more and more, by a rising share of distributed generation. Increased variability and price volatility require a more robust system and flexible consumption and production.
Being facilitators between the two sides of the electricity market, Renewable Energy Aggregators play an important role in market optimisation, by enhancing flexibility and decreasing the reliance of renewable energy on support schemes. The smart energy industry will therefore benefit from a more active role of aggregators in the energy market as aggregators will act as enablers for consumers/prosumers.
- What does BestRES see as the biggest threat to the smart energy industry?
The EU is currently discussing a new package of measures aimed at providing a stable legislative framework to facilitate the transition towards clean energy (known as the Clean Energy Package; negotiations are ongoing and are planned to be finalized in December 2018). This represents an opportunity to address the barriers to that are preventing the participation of aggregators to the energy market.
Based on the experience gained in the last few years, the BestRES project developed the following recommendations to support policy makers in elaborating strategies for a clean energy transition and support therefore the smart energy industry:
- A robust legal framework should ensure fair market access for aggregators.
- Aggregators’ participation in the market should be encouraged by all Member States.
- Unnecessary or hampering financial charges must be avoided to allow aggregators to access and participate in the electricity market on a level playing field. At the same time, financial responsibilities should be well defined.
- Aggregators should be recognised as equal market players, especially when accessing markets like balancing markets.
- Customers must be able to act through aggregators to generate, store, consume and sell energy in a non-discriminatory manner.
Local energy communities should be entitled to share electricity from generation assets within the community according to market principles, using existing and future ICT services.
- What are the key topics BestRES will highlight at this year’s EUW?
The EUW will represent a unique opportunity to present the last results of the BestRES project.
The BestRES project has developed thirteen pioneering business models to boost the integration of renewable energy into the market through the active participation of Renewable Energy Aggregators. During the EUW, the BestRES Consortium will present the results from the implementation under real-life conditions of business models, combining different technologies into commercially viable products, implemented in Austria, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Portugal and the United Kingdom.
Based on the experience gained during the project, a set of legal recommendations has also been drafted to support policy makers in elaborating strategies and ease the transition towards cleaner sources of energy. The recommendations will also be presented at the EUW.
“Interested in hearing more on policy recommendations for renewable energy aggregation? Take part to the side event “BestRES Workshop “Aggregators as enablers of prosumers participation in the energy market” taking place in Schubert 2 on the 6 - November at 13:00 – 18:00”.