The Digital Energy Transition

From August 2016 to December 2017, dynamis and its project partner, Stiftung Neue Verantwortung, a German non-profit think tank based in Berlin, worked together to deal with digitalisation in the energy transition in a methodical and very rigorous process. The question ‘Can digitalisation contribute to putting the focus of the energy market more on people in their role as consumers?’ was the focus of this process. Around 30 experts were asked to come up with the answer by developing a scenario analysis across three workshops. In the end, the answer was clear and was recorded in a project report. Digitalisation has huge potential in this regard.

 

In a digitalised energy world, consumers – especially in their capacity as prosumers – can participate in markets and therefore also in value creation chains that were previously reserved exclusively for the major market players. This does not just refer to the wholesale market for energy, but also to the energy balancing and system service markets in particular. In this respect, we can say that digitalisation promises to finally achieve the idea conceived in the late 1990s of liberalising the energy markets.

 

However, the extent to which these notions can (from a normative, socio-political perspective), and should, be adopted is another question – and the task of finding the answer fell back into dynamis’ lap, in a sense.

 

An answer first requires sufficient in-depth knowledge on consumer preferences: To what extent are consumers prepared to actually make use of the opportunities created by digitalisation? Which consumers understand the paradigm shift enabled by digitalisation and are turning from passive consumers into highly active prosumers?

 

dynamis wants to provide all these answers using the ‘Zeche Zollverein’, BroichStrom and Prosumer 2.0 experiments.

 

A meaningful decision about the adapting the design of the market can only be made once these questions have been answered.

 

Contact: René Mono