International Economics and Economic Policy

, Volume 11, Issue 1–2, pp 261–275

The need for more flexibility in the regulation of smart grids – stakeholder involvement

  • Nele Friedrichsen
  • Christine Brandstätt
  • Gert Brunekreeft
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10368-013-0243-x

Cite this article as:
Friedrichsen, N., Brandstätt, C. & Brunekreeft, G. Int Econ Econ Policy (2014) 11: 261. doi:10.1007/s10368-013-0243-x


Energy and climate policy drive large scale integration of distributed generation and demand side management, with massive consequences for distribution grids. New technologies and actors shape the transformation of electricity networks towards smart systems. We argue that future regulation of smart grids needs to allow more flexibility. Firstly, the core of network monopoly starts to weaken allowing for more third party involvement. Secondly, the increasing number and heterogeneity of stakeholders makes “one-size-fits-all” regulation simply less suitable, whilst regulation needs to take account of various interests. In this paper we discuss stakeholder involvement and make policy recommendations to render regulation of smart systems more flexible.

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  • Nele Friedrichsen
    • 1
  • Christine Brandstätt
    • 3
  • Gert Brunekreeft
    • 2
  1. 1.Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISIKarlsruheGermany
  2. 2.Jacobs University BremenBremenGermany
  3. 3.Bremer Energie InstitutBremenGermany

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