Global Observatory
on Peer-to-Peer, Community Self-Consumption
and Transactive Energy Models

Synopsis

The Global Observatory is a forum for international collaboration to understand the policy, regulatory, social and technological conditions necessary to support the wider deployment of peer-to-peer, community self-consumption and transactive energy models.

Participation

The Observatory includes 150+ participating experts on peer-to-peer energy trading/transactive energy and community/collective self-consumption models from all over the world, representing academia, industry and non-profits.

We welcome new participants! As a participant you can join any of the Observatory sub-tasks (by directly contacting the sub-task leads, whose details are included in the ‘sub-tasks’ section below) that align with your current work and to which you would be able to provide expertise. For more information on each sub-task, see the ‘Sub-tasks descriptions’ document under the ‘publications’ section below. By participating you will not only be able to play an active role in shaping the Observatory’s deliverables, but also join an international community of experts in the field, providing opportunities for future collaboration.

Policymakers will be a key target audience of the Observatory, as we want to ensure its findings respond to their evidence needs. In case you are a policymaker and interested in the Observatory, please get in touch with Alexandra (e-mail address below).

If you have any questions on the Observatory and participation, please contact Alexandra Schneiders (a.schneiders@ucl.ac.uk).

Background

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On 2-3 September 2019, the Global Observatory on Peer-to-Peer, Community Self-Consumption and Transactive Energy Models (GO-P2P) was officially launched in London, United Kingdom. The launch was attended by 110 stakeholders from a range of sectors, i.e. national and international policymakers, industry, start-ups, utilities, non-profits, academics etc. Up to 15 countries were represented, mainly from Europe but also Asia, Australia, North America and South America. You can find a summary of the launch event, as well as the presentations given on both days, under the ‘publications’ section below.

Our second event took place on 17-18 February 2020 in Florence, Italy, at the European University Institute (Florence School of Regulation, FSR). The event was attended by 65 stakeholders from industry, policy and academia, representing 13 countries. The event included presentations of P2P/TE/CSC case studies and panel sessions with policymakers as well as industry representatives. For more information on the event:

More details to be provided soon on our third meeting, which took place (online) on 15-16 September 2020, and was hosted by Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts (HSLU)- with the support of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE) and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

Subtasks

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  1. Power systems integration– led by Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Switzerland (contacts: Benjamin Bowler (benjamin.bowler@hslu.ch) and Viktorija Dudjak (viktorija.dudjak@hslu.ch))
  2. Hardware, software & data– led by the International Energy Research Centre, Ireland (contact: Brian O’Regan, brian.oregan@ierc.ie)
  3. Transactions and markets– led by Carnegie Mellon University, United States (contact: Lynne Kiesling, lynne@knowledgeproblem.com)
  4. Economic and social value– led by University of New South Wales, Australia (contacts: Sophie Adams (s.m.adams@unsw.edu.au) and Declan Kuch (d.kuch@unsw.edu.au))
  5. Policy and regulation– led by European University Institute/Florence School of Regulation, Italy (contact: Nicolò Rossetto, Nicolo.Rossetto@eui.eu)

University College London (United Kingdom), represented by the Operating Agent Alexandra Schneiders (a.schneiders@ucl.ac.uk), is in charge of overall management of the Observatory as well as the analysis of findings.

Contacts

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CountryRoleNameContact details
United KingdomOperating AgentAlexandra SchneidersUniversity College London
Central House, 14 Upper Woburn Place
London WC1H 0NN
a.schneiders@ucl.ac.uk
AustraliaNational ExpertDeclan KuchSchool of Humanities and Languages
University of New South Wales
d.kuch@unsw.edu.au
BelgiumNational ExpertGeert DeconinckKU Leuven - ESAT/Electa
Kasteelpark Arenberg 10 Bus 2445
3001 Leuven
geert.deconinck@kuleuven.be
ItalyNational Expert
NetherlandsNational ExpertW.G.J.H.M. Van SarkUtrecht University Princetonlaan 8A
3584 CB Utrecht
w.g.j.h.m.vansark@uu.nl
SwitzerlandNational ExpertMarine PasquierSwiss Federal Office of Energy
Mühlestrasse 4 CH3063 Ittigen
marine.pasquier@bfe.admin.ch
SwitzerlandNational ExpertMarkus BareitSwiss Federal Office of Energy
Mühlestrasse 4 CH3063 Ittigen
markus.bareit@bfe.admin.ch
United KingdomNational ExpertKevin BaillieOfgem
10 South Colonnade
Canary Warf
London E14 4 PU
kevin.baillie@ofgem.gov.uk
United StatesNational ExpertDavid ChassinStanford University
2575 Sand Hill Rd M/S 12 Menlo Park
CA 94025
dchassin@slac.stanford.edu

Participation

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Australia, Belgium, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Switzerland, UK, USA

Annex duration: 3 September 2019 – 3 March 2023

Publications

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Events & Meetings

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Next meeting: Spring 2021, location/means TBC

GO-P2P/INATBA Task Force

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INATBA Launches Task Force with Global Observatory on Energy Trading

October 22, 2020

Initiative will tackle standardisation gaps around energy trading using distributed ledger technologies

BRUSSELS, October 22, 2020 — The International Association for Trusted Blockchain Applications (INATBA) and the Global Observatory on Peer-to-Peer, Community Self-Consumption and Transactive Energy Models (GO-P2P), an Annex of the User-Centred Energy Systems Technology Collaboration Programme by the International Energy Agency, are launching a joint Task Force focusing on the use of distributed ledger technologies (DLTs) in energy trading business models.

Peer-2-Peer (P2P) energy trading models have the potential to transform the energy grid. P2P energy trading can enable anyone to produce and sell energy to their peers, thus disrupting the traditionally centralised and heavily regulated energy sector. Facilitated by technologies such as blockchain, they are challenging policymakers across the world to regulate these models in a fair and technology-neutral manner through initiatives like regulatory sandboxes and updated standards.

This Task Force will study and compare international pilots of DLT-enabled P2P energy trading, as well as provide a forum for discussion and development of new standardisation recommendations. It will also represent an international platform for collaboration and information exchange between stakeholders from any sector (i.e. industry, academia, non-profits) working on these new energy trading models.

“Our goal at INATBA is to convene critical conversations that drive real progress and adoption of distributed ledger technologies, including through task forces like this one,” said Marc Taverner, Executive Director of INATBA. “We are looking forward to our work with GO-P2P and we are excited to see new standards recommended by this group improve blockchain adoption across this global sector.”

“The Energy Sector was identified early on as one of the most sensible use cases for distributed ledger technologies. Now that a variety of pilot projects are in operation around the globe, it is crucial for all involved stakeholders to receive reliable data and peer review on the feasibility of P2P trading in real-world markets and the resulting implications for regulation, infrastructure investments and business models,” said Ireme Adamski and Bara Greplova, co-chairs of the INATBA Energy Working Group. “We are delighted to have gained such a strong partner as the GO-P2P for driving these efforts forward and are looking forward to offering high-quality comparative case-studies to regulators, our respective members and the wider ecosystem.”

“As DLTs gain in popularity in the energy sector, international collaboration initiatives such as this Task Force are crucial to bridge existing knowledge gaps in the field and provide evidence to regulators. We are excited to be partnering up with INATBA, a leading organisation in the DLT space, to tackle these questions,” said Alexandra Schneiders, operating agent for GO-P2P.

All members of INATBA and GO-P2P are welcome to join the Task Force by emailing energy-wg-cochair@inatba.org​ or ​a.schneiders@ucl.ac.uk​.

About INATBA

INATBA is the leading convener in the global blockchain ecosystem, offering developers, companies, and users of blockchain/distributed ledger technology a forum to interact with regulators and policymakers and bring blockchain technology to its next stage. INATBA currently has 167+ active nonprofit and enterprise members and is advised by more than 40 academic institutions and 23 governmental organisations and agencies from 15 countries across Europe, North America, Africa, and Asia. INATBA often issues research and commentary on blockchain regulation and policy from its 14 workgroups spanning finance, governance, education, healthcare, identity, climate action, and more. The mission of INATBA is to develop transparent and inclusive governance and cooperation models for blockchain applications, to inform policy and regulatory measures that may contribute to harnessing the many opportunities of blockchain through a close dialogue with policy-makers and regulators, and promote regulatory convergence that drives potential impacts for society and the economy from these technologies. To learn more, visit www.inatba.org.

About GO-P2P

Launched in September 2019, the Global Observatory is a three-year collaborative research project led by University College London (UCL) under the User-Centred Energy Systems Technical Collaboration Programme by the International Energy Agency (IEA). It represents a forum for international collaboration to understand the policy, regulatory, social and technological conditions necessary to support the wider deployment of peer-to-peer, community self-consumption and transactive energy models. It includes 150 participants from 10 countries, representing a range of sectors (academia, industry, non-profits) and currently working on the researching and implementation of these new business models. To learn more, visit: https://userstcp.org/annex/peer-to-peer-energy-trading/.

INATBA Press Contact

Rachel Pipan, pr@inatba.org

GO-P2P Press Contact

Alexandra Schneiders, a.schneiders@ucl.ac.uk