The concept of the electricity “prosumer” has informed recent energy policies from the United States to the design of the European Union’s electricity markets. Meanwhile, research on smart grids, residential consumers, and their flexibility has asked how people could change their everyday energy use as a result of innovations on this area. This text explores a use case for residential prosumers and how that could inform designs of a transactional power network, with close links to the concept of energy user or “prosumer”.
There are multiple technologies - such as simulation studies, forecasting, and storage - for anticipating and mitigating the risks to renewable energy supplies of very rare but consequential weather events. The 21 August total solar eclipse in the United States suggests similarly that while rare, such risks arehas neither been “uncontrollable” nor “unpredictable” to policy makers. However, some of the utilized risk solutions seem to start by assuming a centralized electricity grid, where energy supplies are optimized to meet demands. As such, they overlook new possibilities of risk management in transactional electricity grids.