Assessment of Integrated Community Energy Systems

Binod Prasad Koirala, Rudi A. Hakvoort, Jose Pablo Chaves Avila

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Integrated Community Energy Systems (ICESs) are emerging as a modern development to re-organize the local energy systems allowing integration of distributed energy resources (DERs) and engagement of local communities. Although local energy initiatives such as ICESs are rapidly emerging, assessment and evaluation are still lacking on the value these systems can provide both to the local communities as well as to the whole energy system. In this paper, we present a framework to assess the value of ICESs for local communities. We apply this framework to assess the value of ICES in Spain. For a block of 10 households, investments and operations of DERs together with local exchange is simulated in DER-CAM model. For the considered community size and local conditions, ICESs are beneficial to the alternative of solely being supplied from the grid. An ICES that gets remunerated the excess energy to the grid has higher benefits than the system where energy exports are not remunerated as currently in Spain.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2016 13th International Conference on the European Energy Market, EEM 2016
Place of PublicationPiscataway, NJ
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)978-1-5090-1297-8
Publication statusPublished - 25 Jul 2016
Externally publishedYes
Event13th International Conference on the European Energy Market, EEM 2016 - Porto University, Porto, Portugal
Duration: 6 Jun 20169 Jun 2016
Conference number: 13


Conference13th International Conference on the European Energy Market, EEM 2016
Abbreviated titleEEM 2016
Internet address


  • Distributed Energy Resources
  • Energy Communities
  • Multi-carrier Energy Systems
  • Smart Grids

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