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Benefits of cross-border citizen energy communities at distribution system level

  • One challenge of the EU energy transition is the integration of renewable electricity generation in the distribution system. EU energy law proposes a possible solution by introducing “citizen energy communities” (Directive 2019/944/EU) which may be open for “cross-border participation”. This article proposes an innovative way of implementing such cross-border communities by linking distribution systems via a “switchable element”, a generation, storage, or consumption asset with a connection to each country. An optimization model has been developed to calculate the system cost savings of such a connection. Linking regions with complementary characteristics regarding electricity generation and demand via a switchable element leads to more efficient system utilization. Findings are relevant for the transposition of “citizen energy communities” in national laws.

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Author:Andreas Stroink, Lea DiestelmeierORCiD, Johann L. HurinkORCiD, Tim WawerORCiD
Title (English):Benefits of cross-border citizen energy communities at distribution system level
Parent Title (English):Energy Strategy Reviews
Document Type:Article
Year of Completion:2022
Release Date:2022/02/08
Tag:Citizen energy community; Cross-border; EU energy law; Energy system modelling; System cost
Page Number:9
Faculties:Fakultät MKT / Institut für Management und Technik
DDC classes:300 Sozialwissenschaften / 333.7 Natürliche Ressourcen, Energie und Umwelt
Review Status:Veröffentlichte Fassung/Verlagsversion
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - CC BY - Namensnennung 4.0 International