Title: The social dimension of Smart Grids: Consumer, community, society
Publisher: Publications Office of the European Union
Publication Year: 2013
JRC N°: JRC84662
ISBN: 978-92-79-33189-3
ISSN: 1831-9424
Other Identifiers: EUR 26161
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC84662
DOI: 10.2790/94972
Type: EUR - Scientific and Technical Research Reports
Abstract: Growing concerns over climate change, security of power supply and market competitiveness are challenging the current power system operation and architecture, with the resulting need to integrate increasing shares of renewable and dispersed energy resources. The era of renewable energy, decentralized energy sources and smart grid technologies will empower all prosumers, from households to small and medium sized enterprises, as well as larger companies, to integrate their consumption and production of energy in networks that would function more like ecosystems than markets. The modernization of the grid, with power and data flowing in both directions, to and from the prosumers, will demand and enable new market structures, new services, and new social processes. As a consequence, the most important challenge for policy makers over the next decade will likely be the shift away from a supply-driven perspective, to one that recognizes the need for the integration of the different dimensions and actors of the energy systems. In this context, the aim of the present report is to shed light on the different components of the social dimensions of the smart grids, from the perspective of the consumer, community and society at large, and to highlight and discuss the main challenges that surround it.
JRC Directorate:Energy, Transport and Climate

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