Workshop: What market designs and regulatory responses are we seeing that are accelerating change?

Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 11:00 to 12:00
Initiate! Main Stage - Initiate! Manifesto - Decentralised Power

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Almost by definition, regulated energy market players are unable to innovate. The returns on infrastructure investment, their role in the market and how and what they communicate and sell to consumers are all highly scrutinised by government regulators. For decades, electricity systems have remained largely unchanged and systematic incentives encouraged utilities to resist startups and new market designs. Today these systems are being challenged politically, technically and financially, driven in no small party by the threat of climate change and an urgent agenda to provide energy access for all. At the same time, a combination of technology trends in energy (such as new battery capability) and computing (such as blockchain) show the promise of moving toward a much more decentralised, decarbonised energy system. 

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P2P energy, electric vehicle ‘smart charging’ and solar leasing business models are just the start of the ways that consumers expect to have more choice to both produce and consume energy.

Utilising typologies of electricity regulation that covers global market types, the participants will discuss how change may unfold differently in each. We will explore the following questions and themes from the previous presentation in more depth:

What are the key challenges to electricity systems from shifting to renewable and decentralised systems? How should regulators respond?
Who are the new energy customers? How are they able to (or not) contribute to decarbonisation?
How is innovation making its way into the market? Are there new pathways outside of the utilities?

Examples of what we are seeing in CA, Germany, Australia on regulation enabling or hindering the new market entrants

The session will recommend industry messages to regulators and government that seek to manage and accelerate these shifts, around three main challenges:

- Appropriate pricing for access and use of networks

- Participation of new aggregated communities into grid services such as capacity and frequency

- Accelerating energy access

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