Load management: dena recommends market development measures

Load management package should help increase flexibility of the electricity system

The new results paper “Marktentwicklung Lastmanagement in Deutschland” (Load Management Market Development in Germany) by the Deutsche Energie-Agentur (dena) – the German Energy Agency – reveals that very few German companies use inter-company load management to date, and that more active support is required. The dena Load Management Working Group therefore recommends a comprehensive package for systematic market development of load management for politicians and market stakeholders:

Measures for market development of load management

  • Increase awareness in companies for the opportunities offered by marketing flexible loads across companies
  • Include analysis for flexible load potential in energy management systems and when performing energy audits in companies
  • Simplify market access for flexible loads, for example by adapting the balancing energy products
  • Evaluate and amend the Deactivation Ordinance (AbLaV) to open the market for a broader group of providers and thus also improve applicability for the “grid-critical” south of Germany
  • Develop processes and standards which facilitate access to third-party balancing groups for marketers of flexible loads

Load management can contribute to supply security

Load management can contribute to making the electricity system more flexible and thus to the supply security and system stability. However, the extent to which estimated theoretical potential can actually be reached has yet to be revealed. There are various barriers to this: For example, how can load management be integrated in complex and highly efficient production processes? And how can the transaction costs - which remain high - be reduced? To answer these questions, the Bavarian Pilot Project Demand Side Management and the Baden-Württemberg Pilot Project Demand Side Management are currently collecting practical experience. Based on their findings, standards will be developed.

The results paper “Marktentwicklung Lastmanagement in Deutschland” (Load Management Market Development in Germany) was produced in cooperation with industry associations, marketers of flexible loads, power supply companies and grid operators in the dena Load Management Working Group. It contains further recommendations and is available on the dena Efficient Energy Systems project website.

About the Load Management Working Group

The aim of the Load Management Working Group is to increase companies’ awareness of marketing flexible loads and facilitating the utilisation of the existing potential of load management, in particular in the industrial and commercial sectors. As participants in the working group, industry associations, marketers of flexible loads, power supply companies and grid operators work together to develop solutions to making electricity demand more flexible. For further information, see www.effiziente-energiesysteme.de.