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Energies 2016, 9(7), 562; doi:10.3390/en9070562

Energy Management in Prosumer Communities: A Coordinated Approach

Graduate School of Informatics, Kyoto University, Yoshida-Honmachi, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8501, Japan
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Received: 30 November 2015 / Revised: 9 February 2016 / Accepted: 27 June 2016 / Published: 20 July 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Multi-Disciplinary Perspectives on Energy and Sustainable Development)
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Abstract

The introduction of uncontrollable renewable energy is having a positive impact on our health, the climate, and the economy, but it is also pushing the limits of the power system. The main reason for this is that, in any power system, the generation and consumption must match each other at all times. Thus, if we want to further introduce uncontrollable generation, we need a large ability to manage the demand. However, the ability to control the power consumption of existing demand management approaches is limited, and most of these approaches cannot contribute to the introduction of reneweables, because they do not consider distributed uncontrolled consumption and generation in the control. Furthermore, these methods do not allow users to exchange or jointly manage their power generation and consumption. In this context, we propose an augmented energy management model for prosumers (i.e., producer and consumer). This model considers controlled and uncontrolled generation and consumption, as well as the prosumer’s ability (i) to plan the intended power consumption; and (ii) to manage real-time deviations from the intended consumption. We apply this model to the energy management of prosumer communities, by allowing the prosumers to coordinate their power consumption plan, to manage the deviations from the intended consumption, and to help each other by compensating deviations. The proposed approach seeks to enhance the power system, and to enable a prosumer society that takes account social and environmental issues, as well as each prosumer’s quality of life. View Full-Text
Keywords: coordinated energy management; cooperative distributed protocol; prosumer community; smart community; demand-side management; demand response coordinated energy management; cooperative distributed protocol; prosumer community; smart community; demand-side management; demand response
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Verschae, R.; Kato, T.; Matsuyama, T. Energy Management in Prosumer Communities: A Coordinated Approach. Energies 2016, 9, 562.

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