Special Issue "Smart Power Grid for Sustainable Energy Transition"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 August 2018)
The European electricity system is faced with fundamental transition needs due to climate change, resource scarcity and concerns over security of supply. A sustainable energy transition calls for improved energy efficiency and load management, reduced carbon dioxide emissions and increased integration of renewable energy sources, which are likely to lead to changes in consumer behavior, market performance of energy/electricity markets, shifts in roles of market actors and structural changes in the living environment of the people. In this context, great expectations are placed on an electricity system and market transformation labelled the smart grid facilitated by advancements in technology, especially ICT. Smart grids are defined as upgraded electricity networks, which are enhanced with two-way digital communication between supplier and consumer, as well as intelligent metering, monitoring and control systems (European Commission 2011) enabled by advances in digitalization. New possibilities for storing energy through the development of energy storage technologies are brought to the reach of lay citizens enabling also the integration of electric vehicles into the power system. Smart grids are seen as a solution to several interlinked problems: ageing infrastructures, the need to decarbonize the energy system and the transportation sector, increased penetration of intermittent energy sources, growing energy demand through increased amount of electric household appliances and the reduced availability of balancing power due to liberalization of the electricity market (Verbong and Geels 2010).
Smart grids will require but also support advances in several fields of technology, as well as technical and social innovations. Moreover, their role in sustainable energy transitions calls for research on energy markets and energy policy, including analyses of public acceptance of new electricity market schemes such as changes in electricity pricing and management of consumption data. The transition also entails a fundamental shift in the roles of producers and consumers, with great expectations toward a transformation of energy consumers into active players that respond to fluctuating power generation and congestion in networks by managing their demand as well as offering capacity either by themselves or opening the systems to the local energy company or to third parties. Finally, smart grids are part of transition where building, transport, fuels and heat are experiencing increasing integration. However, the impacts of smart grids do not necessarily contribute to increased sustainability and therefore their impacts on innovations, wider society, energy policy and sustainability governance, everyday structures and on practice consumption of households all demand for more research. Hence, the advancement of a smart grid calls for analysis beyond electricity, exploring the possibilities for the development of sustainable societies supported by smart energy systems.
This Special Issue invites submissions of cross-disciplinary and empirical studies from several fields of economics, business strategy, innovations, environmental impact studies, engineering, public policy, sustainability and consumer research. Since the smart grid and its impacts on sustainable energy transition is manifested differently in different countries and on different continents, a wide range of contributions are invited from all over the globe.
Dr. Kaisa Matschoss
Dr. Salla Annala
Dr. Eva Heiskanen
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- smart grid
- demand response
- environmental impact
- sustainable societies
- electricity pricing