Prosumers

SPEAKERS

Dr. Michael Losch
Director General Energy and Mining, Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy, Austria
 
Bruce Douglas
Chairman of the Global Solar Council
 
Dr. Patrick Graichen
Director Agora Energiewende
 
Tetsunari Iida
Executive Director, Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies Japan
 
Stefan Kapferer
Chairman of the General Executive Management Board, German Association of Energy and Water (BDEW)
 
Craig Morris
Senior Fellow, Institute of Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS Potsdam)
 
Lawrence Orsini
Principal, LO3 Energy

SESSION SUMMARY

GUIDING QUESTION:
Can prosumption create disruptive progress for energy transition?

The combination of production and consumption of energy is mainly seen in the distributed deployment of renewable energy, particularly in solar. It benefits from the willingness to invest equity, from the idea of directly saving on energy costs and from limited regulation. These drivers are helping to make prosumers a potential nucleus for a self-sustained energy transition, if regulatory frameworks and incentive schemes are well selected. Policymakers can take advantage of the prosumption model for leveraging high volumes of renewable energy. But they often hesitate: prosumption has a disruptive potential and frequently gives rise to calls for control mechanisms, protecting grid operators, protecting existing utility businesses and installing certain barriers. What are the silver bullets that explore the opportunities of a new model while maintaining the valuable contributions of the centralised, utility-scale world of energy?