European Policy Workshop in the framework of the BestRES project



The aim of this workshop entitled “RES Aggregators as Enablers of Prosumers and Active Market Participation” is to present some business models for aggregators, supporting prosumers engagement and their clients of decentralized Renewable Energy Sources (RES) production units. As a follow-up on the research carried out in the framework of the BestRES project, this workshop will also give some advice to policy-makers to support them in the elaboration of strategies towards more RES aggregations.

In the BestRES project, 3E and its partners, including 6 RES aggregators in 9 European countries, are investigating the current barriers and opportunities for RES aggregators in Europe. In the first stage, the project is focusing on existing European aggregation business models taking into account technical, market, environmental and social benefits. In the second stage, improved business models are being developed with a focus on market designs, competitiveness and Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) replicable in other EU countries. These improved business models will then be implemented with real data and monitored in the target countries. The project is funded by the Horizon 2020 EU Research and Innovation programme.

This project is coming from the idea that aggregation can significantly accelerate the deployment of renewable energy sources, help to build a regulatory framework for a widespread application across Europe and decrease the reliance of renewables on subsidies. BestRES adds value to the EU sustainable energy policy activities because none of the ongoing or completed European projects so far has covered a comprehensive multi-criteria business model analysis for energy aggregators (taking into account RES, storage and DSM technologies integration into the electricity system). An important novelty of this project is the virtual business model implementation using real customer data and the extension of results to other market regions and aggregation levels.

As this three-year project was launched in March 2016, some results are already available. You can have a look at them by clicking here and at some policy recommendations (such as those on the illustration below) for policy-makers by clicking here.


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As a policy-maker, you may want to know more about the findings of this project and you may want to join next month’s workshop entitled “RES Aggregators as Enablers of Prosumers and Active Market Participation”. This half-day meeting will be divided into two parts. The first one will provide an overview on technical issues, while the second one will rather deal with legal and political issues. Experts from all over the world are coming to this event to present their latest research on this matter. Among them, Simon de Clercq, Grids & Markets Consultant at 3E, will give a lecture about “the implementation of aggregation business models in Europe: selected experiences”. The meeting will take place on Monday 11 February 2019 from 13:00 to 17:00 at the Council of European Energy Regulators (CEER) located in Cours Saint Michel 30a in Brussels.

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< This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement N° 691689.