A programme for development and demonstration of decentralised networked energy systems has been kicked off by RWE Energy and Siemens.

The joint plan for a so-called E-Energy marketplace, comes in a consortium with ef.Ruhr (Association of the Energy Technology Faculties of the Universities of Duisburg/Essen, Bochum and Dortmund), Miele, SWK (Krefeld Group of Municipal Utilities) and ProSyst.

The project is focused on optimizing the potential of information and communication technologies in decentralized electricity markets.

The goal is to establish a marketplace for commercial and private electricity customers, who will be linked to energy traders, distribution network operators and other players.

Reliable management of power distribution networks, in-house applications as well as the acquisition and provision of consumption data are all part of the scope of the project, which will be implemented in the distribution areas of RWE Rhein-Ruhr AG and SWK Energie.

RWE board member Dr. Joachim Schneider said: ‘The project will allow us to meet the increasing demands on distribution networks due to the growing number of decentralized feed-in points, and to counter political pressure to find incentive systems for reducing energy consumption. This includes concrete measures for improving power system management and concepts for new services and new product offerings for domestic and commercial customers.’