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The potential of shifting residential energy consumption for the energy transition

Markus Siepermann (Fachbereich Technik, Hamburger Fern-Hochschule, Hamburg, Germany and Fachbereich Mathematik, Naturwissenschaften und Informatik, Technische Hochschule Mittelhessen, Friedberg, Germany)
Christian Rehtanz (Institute of Energy Systems, Energy Efficiency and Energy Economics, Technische Universität Dortmund , Fakultät für Elektrotechnik und Informationstechnik, Dortmund, Germany)
Volker Liebenau (Institute of Energy Systems, Energy Efficiency and Energy Economics, Technische Universität Dortmund , Fakultät für Elektrotechnik und Informationstechnik, Dortmund, Germany)
Richard Lackes (Department of Business Information Management, Technische Universität Dortmund , Fakultät Wirtschaftswissenschaften, Dortmund, Germany)
Martin Gebauer (Department of Business Information Management, Technische Universität Dortmund , Fakultät Wirtschaftswissenschaften, Dortmund, Germany)

International Journal of Energy Sector Management

ISSN: 1750-6220

Article publication date: 9 February 2021

Issue publication date: 12 May 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this study is to analyse the contribution of shifting the load of household devices from periods of renewable energy underproduction to surplus periods in order to better match energy production and demand.

Design/methodology/approach

An optimisation model for load shifting of household devices is developed and analysed with the help of a simulation of energy loads for the year 2030 in Germany.

Findings

About 1.48% of the renewable surplus energy can be used in addition which equals total savings between €15.06m and €106.71m. However, 24.47% of the surplus periods can be compensated completely and 6.38% up to a level of 94%.

Research limitations/implications

A 100% diffusion of smart metres and devices and a high acceptance among consumers are assumed so that the results of this study present an upper bound for the contribution of household load shifting.

Practical implications

Load shifting of household devices provides only a small contribution and can only be one measure among others. It is crucial to find and invest in new energy storage systems so that more renewable spill-over energy can be used.

Originality/value

An optimisation model for load shifting is developed. Customer behaviour and devices are considered individually and not only a fixed percental share. Beside peak load periods also periods of renewable spill-over energy are considered.

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Citation

Siepermann, M., Rehtanz, C., Liebenau, V., Lackes, R. and Gebauer, M. (2021), "The potential of shifting residential energy consumption for the energy transition", International Journal of Energy Sector Management, Vol. 15 No. 3, pp. 628-646. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJESM-01-2020-0006

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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