Chapter 15

The Transformation of the German Electricity Sector and the Emergence of New Business Models in Distributed Energy Systems

Sabine Löbbe
André Hackbarth    Reutlingen University, Reutlingen, Germany


Threatened by rising competition and tightening margins, the German energy industry seeks for ways to avoid the commodity trap by offering distributed energy systems. The regulatory framework, changing customer preferences, and digitalization offer chances to tap so far unprofitable customer segments, and blockchain might further enhance efficiency. Innovative contracting and peer-to-peer services integrate and manage photovoltaic, cogeneration, and storage for homeowners, as well as recently, also for housing companies. Results show ...

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