There is a potential value in the flexibility available in each prosumer. Aggregated, this might represent between 5 and 25% of the home energy market. In Switzerland, 32% of electricity is consumed by home users. This represents 18 GWh annually. Hence, the order of magnitude of a player gathering all that flexibility will be like the total production of thermal non-renewable energy.
Furthermore, DSOs are pushed to manage their peak load, to reduce potential investments. Regulating aggregated energy from homes by feeders is a good way to do this. In order to be effective, most of the big prosumers should be managed this way. But at the same time giving detailed knowledge about their customers and their usage to a non-trusted third party is out of the question.
A telecom operator could help DSOs in their region anticipate decentralized power generation, and peak usage, so they can manage and control their distribution network at a deeper level.
Additionally, they could enhance their customer service by providing details about their energy consumption/production, and tools to optimize its usage.
A telecom operator might have the following demands to find a business:
- Enhance the customer relationship from a supplier point of view
- Manage internal network loads to reduce peak usage from a DSO point of view
- Get ready for the market opening, and get an infrastructure able to collect all data
Under the following constraints:
- Operating the new infrastructure must be economically balanced with the added value
- The infrastructure must be sufficiently dense to be able to act on the feeders
- The data collection must follow the national guidelines (Metrology, Security, Open access…) that are not yet written
- Enough privacy must be provided to the end-user, but also to DSO and to suppliers for them to interact with such a system.
The economical factor is in favour of a Telecom player, as it can be seen as a limited upgrade of an otherwise existing service.