Piloting Demand Response in Retailing: Lessons Learned in Real-Life Context

Siiri Söyrinki, Eva Heiskanen, Kaisa Matschoss

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Abstract

This article presents a case study on a demand response (DR) pilot project dealing with the application of DR in a grocery store with the utilization of refrigeration equipment as energy storage and photovoltaics (PV) as an energy source. DR has recently gained increased interest due to the growing penetration of intermittent renewable energy requiring flexibility in power consumption. The smart power grid enables the introduction of novel solutions to increase flexibility and the entrance of new actors into the markets. Developing new solutions for the mainstream markets requires experimentation in real-life settings serving the development of technological capabilities, necessary policies and regulation, and user and market needs, as well as adaptation of and to infrastructure and maintenance systems. Our case study on a DR pilot in a grocery store in Northern Finland focuses on how the project contributes to knowledge on the potential for DR and scaling up. It was found that energy efficiency, DR, and self-generated PV power can be aligned and even enhance the potential for DR. While mature technologies exist, applications and installations have not yet been standardized to enable rapid scaling up, and current DR market rules and practices fail to accommodate for small electricity consumers.
Original languageEnglish
Article number3790
JournalSustainability
Volume10
Issue number10
Number of pages17
ISSN2071-1050
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 19 Oct 2018
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Fields of Science

  • 517 Political science
  • demand response
  • smart power grid
  • experimentation
  • pilot project
  • grocery supermarket
  • refrigeration equipment
  • energy storage
  • photovoltaics

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Piloting Demand Response in Retailing : Lessons Learned in Real-Life Context. / Söyrinki, Siiri; Heiskanen, Eva; Matschoss, Kaisa.

In: Sustainability, Vol. 10, No. 10, 3790, 19.10.2018.

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