Report: Demand Side Flexibility Through Smart Homes

Publication date: 
28 August, 2017
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This study was carried out for ESMIG, Energy@Home and EEBus by Joule Assets Europe and VaasaETT. The views expressed in this document represent the findings of the study, and do not represent the views of ESMIG, Energy@Home or EEBus.
This study quantifies the costs and benefits of demand side flexibility and energy savings through the ubiquitous rollout of smart appliances at a national level. The quantification is carried out within 4 EU Member States, France, Germany, Italy, the UK, and a reference country combining the most beneficial characteristics of each Member State. As a basis for the calculations, the study uses hourly market values and actual household consumption patterns. In order to model demand side flexibility, the averaged results of 140 residential pilots were used.
What the study does not calculate or take into account is the benefits that would accrue to the network operators on the low and medium voltage systems. These calculations therefore in fact significantly under-estimate the future potential benefits for the networks, given the introduction of electric vehicles, and the low voltage intermittent distributed generation.
Therefore, this study answers 2 important questions:
1. If smart appliances were ubiquitous today, with today’s electricity prices, what would the financial benefits be for the participating consumers and society, against the actual cost of the smart appliance technologies?
2. What amounts of flexible capacity (MWs) and energy savings (MWhs) could these appliances enable?