The purpose of the paper is to analyze the development needs and opportunities in the distribution system operators’ (DSO) tariff structures in the smart-grid environment.
The impacts of the distribution pricing schemes for the stakeholders and their requirements for the tariff structures are evaluated by qualitative analyses. Furthermore, there is a case analysis concerning the practical development possibilities of the DSO tariff structures in Finland.
Major finding of the paper is that the demand-based power band tariff is the optimal solution for the DSO pricing structure, when taking into account the real-life limitations and the requirements of the stakeholders.
Outcomes of the paper can be applied in practice in design of the pricing schemes in the electricity distribution. Incentive provision impacts and cost reflectivity of the DSO tariffs can be improved by implementing the suggested pricing structure.
The paper provides a novel viewpoint on the study of the DSO tariff design by considering the impacts of the pricing for the stakeholders and their requirements for tariff structure. Furthermore, the real-life limitations in the tariff design have been taken into account by analyzing the development options in Finland. Results are useful, especially for the DSOs, regulators and academics, who are working with the tariff development issues.
Authors wish to thank Dr. Hanna Niemelä for her professional help in the language revision of this paper. However, authors are solely responsible for any remaining errors.
Honkapuro, S., Tuunanen, J., Valtonen, P. and Partanen, J. (2014), "DSO tariff structures: development options from stakeholders’ viewpoint", International Journal of Energy Sector Management, Vol. 8 No. 3, pp. 263-282. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJESM-08-2012-0005Download as .RIS
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