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Poudineh, R. and Jamasb, T.

Title:Distributed Generation Storage, Demand Response, and Energy Efficiency as Alternatives to Grid Capacity Enhancement

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Abstract: The need for investment in capital intensive electricity networks is on the rise in many countries. A major advantage of distributed resources is their potential for deferring investments in distribution network capacity. However, utilizing the full benefits of these resources requires addressing several technical, economics and regulatory challenges. A significant barrier pertains to the lack of an efficient market mechanism that enables this concept and also is consistent with business model of distribution companies under an unbundled power sector paradigm. This paper proposes a market-oriented approach termed as "contract for deferral scheme" (CDS). The scheme outlines how an economically efficient portfolio of distributed generation, storage, demand response and energy efficiency can be integrated as network resources to reduce the need for grid capacity and defer demand driven network investments.

Keywords: Distributed generation, storage, demand response, network regulation, business model

JEL Codes: L43 L51 L52 L94

PDF: http://www.econ.cam.ac.uk/research-files/repec/cam/pdf/cwpe1356.pdf

EPRG Paper Link: 1331

Open Access Link: https://doi.org/10.17863/CAM.5713