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Energies 2014, 7(9), 6142-6171; doi:10.3390/en7096142

Business Models in the Smart Grid: Challenges, Opportunities and Proposals for Prosumer Profitability

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Research Center on Software Technologies and Multimedia Systems for Sustainability (CITSEM), Technical University of Madrid (UPM), Valencia Road, Km 7, Madrid 28031, Spain
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Teaching Department of Organizational Engineering, Business Management and Statistics, Technical University of Madrid (UPM), Valencia Road, Km 7, Madrid 28031, Spain
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Received: 5 July 2014 / Revised: 7 September 2014 / Accepted: 9 September 2014 / Published: 23 September 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Energy Transitions and Economic Change)
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Considering that non-renewable energy resources are dwindling, the smart grid turns out to be one of the most promising and compelling systems for the future of energy. Not only does it combine efficient energy consumption with avant-garde technologies related to renewable energies, but it is also capable of providing several beneficial utilities, such as power monitoring and data provision. When smart grid end users turn into prosumers, they become arguably the most important value creators within the smart grid and a decisive agent of change in terms of electricity usage. There is a plethora of research and development areas related to the smart grid that can be exploited for new business opportunities, thus spawning another branch of the so-called “green economy” focused on turning smart energy usage into a profitable business. This paper deals with emerging business models for smart grid prosumers, their strengths and weaknesses and puts forward new prosumer-oriented business models, along with their value propositions. View Full-Text
Keywords: smart grid; business model; prosumer smart grid; business model; prosumer
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Rodríguez-Molina, J.; Martínez-Núñez, M.; Martínez, J.-F.; Pérez-Aguiar, W. Business Models in the Smart Grid: Challenges, Opportunities and Proposals for Prosumer Profitability. Energies 2014, 7, 6142-6171.

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