A review of business models for small prosumers in a post-RES subsidy and post-priority dispatch world

Event: 13. konferenca slovenskih elektroenergetikov CIGRE-CIRED, Maribor, 22.-24. maj 2017

Authors: Tomi Medved, Gašper Artač, Edin Lakić, Jernej Zupančič, Andrej Gubina


The extensive investments in renewable energy sources (RES) in the last 15 years has created financial problems for the national RES funds which came as a result of early RES support schemes design flaws and therefore their redesign was unavoidable. Meanwhile the situation at the energy market has changed drastically, grid parity has become reality for some RES technology and the development of complementing technologies like battery storage and information technology has enabled the creation of new business models for RES. The paper starts with the first RES support schemes and their design flaws description, followed by the description of new business models and accompanying technologies that improve their viability and efficiency. The paper concludes with a short description of the energy cooperatives, crowdfunding and possible new income source by providing the new ancillary services to DSO.

Keywords: net-metering, self-consumption, demand response, energy cooperatives, ancillary services for distribution system operator (DSO)