Proposals for measures supporting the development of microgrids in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes

PART OF PEGASUS PROJECT

This document explains the national and European context on collective self-consumption and describes the measures required to support the development of microgrids in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes.

This document first explains the national and European context on collective self-consumption and describes the main stakes related to the development of renewable energy sources (RES), the mitigation of the impact of RES on the electricity grids, the necessity to have a better control of the electricity prices, the interest to develop innovative solutions for energy management, ancillary services load control and so on.

The project PEGASUS is presented together with the lessons learnt from the pilot site of Saint-Julien-en-Quint. The obstacles to a further and broader development of collective self-consumption are presented. They mainly consist in the administrative complexity of the procedures, the technical difficulties to make projects become operational, the weakness of the business model, the legal limitation of the geographical perimeter of the projects, the difficulty to develop projects thanks to third-party investments.

Considering the above mentioned hurdles, some measures are proposed at a regional level :

  • Organize a specific call for tenders addressed to collective self-consumption projects as it already exists in some other regions
  • Foster innovative solutions which optimize the projects thanks to load control, weather forecast, storage, etc.
  • Make a close follow-up of the projects which are developed in the region and capitalize their feedback to learn from pioneer experiences and communicate on successful stories.
  • Make available some standard contracts that facilitate the creation of “moral bodies” which are required by the legislation and should gather both consumers and prosumers.
  • Work with the professionals of the PV sector on all-inclusive offers for project developers, including feasibility studies, installation, improvement of business plans, relation with energy providers, etc.).
  • Organize a dedicated communication to promote microgrids towards the most suitable target groups : social housing, commercial areas, energy communities. Propose to these target groups some consistent trainings.
  • Think about developing guarantee and insurance solutions at a regional level, to bring confidence in the market and secure project owners.

This document has been addressed to the Regional Council of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes in September 2019.


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