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Roles of retailers in the peer-to-peer electricity market: A single retailer perspective

Author(s): Tushar, Wayes; Yuen, Chau; Saha, Tapan; Chattopadhyay, Deb; Nizami, Sohrab; et al

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Abstract: Despite extensive research in the past five years and several successfully completed and on-going pilot projects, regulators are still reluctant to implement peer-to-peer trading at a large scale in today’s electricity market. The reason could partly be attributed to the perceived disadvantage of current market participants such as retailers due to their exclusion from market participation—a fundamental property of decentralized peer-to-peer trading. As a consequence, recently, there has been growing pressure from energy service providers in favor of retailers’ participation in peer-to-peer trading. However, the role of retailers in the peer-to-peer market is yet to be established, as no existing study has challenged this fundamental circumspection of decentralized trading. In this context, this perspective takes the first step to discuss the feasibility of retailers’ involvement in the peer-to-peer market. In doing so, we identify key characteristics of retail-based and peer-to-peer electricity markets and discuss our viewpoint on how to incorporate a single retailer in a peer-to-peer market without compromising the fundamental decision-making characteristics of both markets. Finally, we give an example of a hypothetical business model to demonstrate how a retailer can be a part of a peer-to-peer market with a promise of collective benefits for the participants.
Publication Date: 19-Nov-2021
Citation: Tushar, Wayes, Yuen, Chau, Saha, Tapan, Chattopadhyay, Deb, Nizami, Sohrab, Hanif, Sarmad, Alam, Jan E, Poor, H Vincent. (2021). Roles of retailers in the peer-to-peer electricity market: A single retailer perspective. iScience, 24 (11), 103278 - 103278. doi:10.1016/j.isci.2021.103278
DOI: doi:10.1016/j.isci.2021.103278
ISSN: 2589-0042
Language: en
Type of Material: Journal Article
Journal/Proceeding Title: iScience
Version: Final published version. This is an open access article.

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