Innovation in the electricity sector is beginning to challenge traditional business models of providing households with electricity.
In June 2017 the OECD held a discussion to explore possible implications for competition agencies from innovations such as: Peer-to-Peer (P2P) electricity trading between consumers; electricity service companies (ESCOs, or multi-utility service companies, MUSCOs) that sell energy not by the KWh but as a service (e.g. lighting) which they seek to make energy efficient to reduce costs; third party demand aggregators that sell demand-side responses to grid operators in exchange for discounts for their customers; and transmission operators investing in creating ‘super-grids’.
The discussion looked at whether regulation is keeping pace with change, and, what the impact on the activities of competition agencies might be. All related presentations and papers can be found on this page.
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INVITED EXPERTS AND PAPERS
Frank WOLAK Bio
Saskia LAVRIJSSEN Bio
Lawrence ORSINI Bio
Brian MOTHERWAY Bio
The Transformation of the Electricity Sector in Australia: The Public Policy and Competition Policy Issues, Paper by Dr Darryl Biggar
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Executive summary with key findings • Synthèse et points clefs de la discussion
Summary of the discussion • Compte rendu détaillé
New energy in the electricity sector by OECD's Chris Pike
Electricity: Renewables and Smart Grids, 2010
Energy Security and Competition Policy, 2007
Competition Issues in the Electricity Sector, 2002
OECD Handbook on Competition Policy in the Digital Age
The future is brightness as a service
IEA Energy efficiency market report 2016
Blockchain – an opportunity for energy producers and consumers?
Indigo advisory group block chain interactive map
Solar experiment lets neighbors trade energy among themselves
Understanding Peer-to-Peer, Blockchain, and Transactive energy
An 'Uber for Electricity': Institutional theory for a platform model in an historically regulated industry
Business model innovation in electricity supply markets: The role of complex value in the United Kingdom
Enrolling with a demand response aggregator
The power cutters shaking up Britain’s energy markets
Mapping demand response in Europe today 2015
The Rise of HVDC and promise of supergrids
Empowering electricity consumers in retail and whole markets
A Revolution in power: Where we’ve come from, Where we’re headed
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