Chapter 14

From Consumer to Prosumer

Netherland’s PowerMatching City Shows The Way

Stefanie Kesting and Frits Bliek, DNV KEMA Energy & Sustainability, the Netherlands

1 Introduction

1.1 Global Energy Trends

The United Nations estimates that the world population will grow to between 10 and 14 billion people by 2100, with 57 percent of this growth expected to come from the growing Asian economies. As a consequence, global energy demand will almost double by 2050 [1].

How will the world meet its energy needs? The latest annual energy outlook by the International Energy Agency (IEA) indicated, for example, that large reserves of natural (shale) gas will come [2] to the market in the coming decades, keeping fossil fuel prices at an acceptable level. ...

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