This IDC Market Perspective examines how demand-side flexibility and peer-to-peer trading can benefit energy communities, as well as how these can act as a springboard for demand-side flexibility and peer-to-peer trading. The concept of an energy community has been around for years, without ever reaching scale. Regulatory changes in the EU, and more broadly technological advances, have sparked new interest. Despite energy communities not threatening the well-established grid, they provide fertile ground for experimentation with technologies that can intelligently address small-scale stakeholders.
"Whether it is meant in the strict sense of a legal entity encompassing consumers that own generation assets, or in the broad sense of prosumers that wish to trade energy in a decentralized manner, an energy community is a thought-provoking element of a modern energy ecosystem," said Phevos Skalidis, research manager, IDC Energy Insights Europe.