Peer-to-Peer Energy Markets: Understanding the Values of Collective and Community Trading

Denise J. Wilkins, Ruzanna Chitchyan, Mark Levine

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Abstract

Peer-to-peer energy-trading platforms (P2P) have the potential to transform the current energy system. However, research is presently scarce on how people would like to participate in, and what would they expect to gain from, such platforms. We address this gap by exploring these questions in the context of the UK energy market. Using a qualitative interview study, we examine how 45 people with an interest in renewable energy understand P2P. We find that the prospective users value the collective benefits of P2P, and understand participation as a mechanism to support social, ecological and economic benefits for communities and larger groups. Drawing on the findings from the interview analysis, we explore broad design characteristics that a prospective P2P energy trading platform should provide to meet the expectations and concerns voiced by our study participants.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI 2020 - Proceedings of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Place of PublicationNew York, NY, USA
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Pages1-14
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781450367080
ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-6708-0/20/04
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 Apr 2020
Event2020 ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2020 - Honolulu, United States
Duration: 25 Apr 202030 Apr 2020

Publication series

NameConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings

Conference

Conference2020 ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2020
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityHonolulu
Period25/04/2030/04/20

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work is supported by the UK EPSRC funding for Household Supplier Energy Market (EP/P031838/1) and Refactoring Energy Systems (EP/R007373/1) projects.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2020 ACM.

Keywords

  • peer to peer energy trading platforms
  • semi-structured interview
  • sustainability
  • thematic analysis

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