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Providing Utility to Utilities : the Value of Information Systems Enabled Flexibility in Electricity Consumption

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Fridgen, Gilbert ; Häfner, Lukas ; König, Christian ; Sachs, Thomas:
Providing Utility to Utilities : the Value of Information Systems Enabled Flexibility in Electricity Consumption.
In: Journal of the Association for Information Systems. Vol. 17 (2016) Issue 8 . - pp. 537-563.
ISSN 1536-9323

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Project information

Project title:
Project's official titleProject's id
Projektgruppe WI Energie und kritische InfrastrukturenNo information
Projektgruppe WI IT-gestütztes FinanzmanagementNo information

Abstract in another language

As the transition to renewable energy sources progresses, integration of such sources makes electricity production fluctuate increasingly. To contribute to power grid stability, electric utilities must balance volatile supply through shifting demand. This measure of demand response depends on flexibility, which is enabled as the integration of information systems in the power grid grows. The option to shift electric loads to times of lower demand or higher supply bears an economic value. Following a design science research approach, we illustrate how to quantify this value in order to support decisions on short-term consumer compensation. We adapt real options theory to the design – a strategy which has been widely used in information systems research for valuation under uncertainty. As a prerequisite, we develop a stochastic process, which realistically replicates intraday electricity spot price development. It enables us to design an artifact suitable for valuation, which we illustrate in a plug-in electric vehicle scenario. Following the artifact’s evaluation based on historical spot price data from the electricity exchange EPEX SPOT, we find that real options analysis is well suited for quantifying the value of information systems enabled flexibility in electricity consumption.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: demand response; load shifting; design science research; electricity spot price model; real options
Institutions of the University: Faculties
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Business Administration
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Business Administration > Professorship Business Informations Systems and sustainable IT management
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Business Administration > Professorship Business Informations Systems and sustainable IT management > Professorship Business Informations Systems and sustainable IT management- Univ.-Prof. Dr. Gilbert Fridgen
Research Institutions
Research Institutions > Research Centres > Forschungszentrum für Modellbildung und Simulation (MODUS)
Research Institutions > Affiliated Institutes
Research Institutions > Affiliated Institutes > Fraunhofer Project Group Business and Information Systems Engineering
Research Institutions > Affiliated Institutes > FIM Research Center Finance & Information Management
Research Institutions > Research Centres
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 000 Computer Science, information, general works > 004 Computer science
300 Social sciences > 330 Economics
Date Deposited: 18 Apr 2016 11:30
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2018 08:56
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/32226