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Decision Flexibility vs. Information Accuracy in Energy-intensive Businesses

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Fridgen, Gilbert ; Saumweber, Andrea ; Seyfried, Johannes ; Wederhake, Lars:
Decision Flexibility vs. Information Accuracy in Energy-intensive Businesses.
2018
Event: 26th European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS) , 23.-28.06.2018 , Portsmouth, UK.
(Conference item: Conference , Paper )

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Demand-side management and demand response are integral building blocks for environmental sus-tainability. Exchange-based power pricing serves as an economic mechanism to set incentives to shift demand to periods where prices are low. Low power prices also serve as an indicator for green(er) power, since high feed-ins from variable renewable sources push the electricity price downward. For businesses, minimizing electricity costs thus not only contributes to economic but also environmental sustainability. Hence, especially energy-intensive businesses can become greener and more competitive by integrating volatile electricity prices into their production planning activities. In this paper, we demonstrate that the length of the planning horizons is key to achieve more sustainable outcomes due to the trade-off between decision flexibility and information accuracy. Decision flexibility – i.e. the ca-pability to shift processes – increases with longer planning horizons. Information accuracy – i.e. price accuracy – increases with shorter planning horizons. Information Systems (IS) can help to balance this trade-off. We follow a data-driven approach and derive both actual and predicted electricity spot prices from historic electricity intraday market data in Germany. We find that decision flexibility and infor-mation accuracy affect the planning horizon as conceived. First results indicate that more sustainable outcomes are achieved with longer planning horizons.

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Item Type: Conference item (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Decision support systems; demand response; energy-aware scheduling; sustainability
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: 30 Jul 2018 08:16
Last Modified: 12 Mar 2019 14:52
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/45256