On 2nd and 3rd of September 2019, the Global Observatory on Peer-to-Peer, Community Self-Consumption and Transactive Energy Models, an Annex of the User-Centred Energy Systems Technology Collaboration Programme by the International Energy Agency (IEA), was officially launched in London.
The EnergyREV event was attended by 108 stakeholders from a range of sectors including national and international policymakers, industry, start-ups, utilities, non-profits and academics. Up to 15 countries were represented, mainly from Europe but also Asia, Australia, North America and South America. Participation to the Observatory is not only open to academics, but also researchers active in industry, non-profits and international organisations.
The first day consisted of an international symposium open to all stakeholders active in the peer-to-peer/transactive energy and community self-consumption fields. Pilots from the UK including the LEO project, one of the PFER demonstrators, Europe (H2020-funded) and globally were presented. Trials being run in member countries, including the UK, will form the evidence base for the Observatory’s main outcomes.
The first working meeting of the Observatory was held on the second day which was open to researchers from member countries including Australia, Belgium, Italy, the Netherlands, US, UK, Switzerland.
The collaborative work between participants throughout the project’s three-year duration will create new links between UK and other research organisations across the world, as well as open doors for new funding opportunities focusing on smart local energy systems, enabling UK researchers to maintain their leading position in the field.