Here are the key ideas that you must take away from this week:
Data is not enough. It is necessary to use it to develop decision-making models and to foster the empowerment of the citizen. A bi-directional communication with the utility and other consumers to improve the performance of the system as a whole. For instance, to access precise and contextualized information on energy consumption, or to study how to save and boost the distributed energy resources.
Mobility has a very large share in the emission of polluting gases in cities, being a risk factor for the health of the citizens. This is why it is one of the main vectors of change in the energy model. Approaching mobility from a perspective of “guaranteeing the service” rather than “owning the assets” is a growingly consolidated option among citizens, who can also resort to collaborative economy models for the penetration of efficient and electric vehicles.
The active consumer participates directly and in aggregation with his or her peers in the electricity market. A paradigmatic example is the “prosumer”, who locally satisfies his or her energy and storage needs, while offering services to the energy and balancing markets. This option is already technically possible in Europe, but the regulatory barrier in some countries is hindering the development of its potential.