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Prosumage of Solar Electricity: Pros, Cons, and the System Perspective

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  • Wolf-Peter Schill
  • Alexander Zerrahn
  • Friedrich Kunz

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We examine the role of prosumage of solar electricity, i.e. PV self-generation combined with distributed storage, in the context of the low-carbon energy transformation. First, we devise a qualitative account of arguments in favor of and against prosumage. Second, we give an overview of prosumage in Germany. Prosumage will likely gain momentum as support payments expire for an increasing share of PV capacities after 2020. Third, we model possible system effects in a German2035 scenario. Prosumage batteries allow for a notable substitution of other storage facilities only if fully available for market interactions. System-friendly operation would also help limiting cost increases. We conclude that policymakers should not unnecessarily restrict prosumage, but consider system and distributional aspects.

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  • Wolf-Peter Schill & Alexander Zerrahn & Friedrich Kunz, 2017. "Prosumage of Solar Electricity: Pros, Cons, and the System Perspective," Discussion Papers of DIW Berlin 1637, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research.
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    Keywords

    Prosumage; battery storage; PV; energy transformation; DIETER;
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    JEL classification:

    • C61 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling - - - Optimization Techniques; Programming Models; Dynamic Analysis
    • Q42 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Energy - - - Alternative Energy Sources
    • Q48 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Energy - - - Government Policy

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