Project description

The continuous increase in the production of electrical energy using intermittent, renewable energy sources poses new challenges for the energy system. Load shifting approaches - in addition to network expansion, the implementation of modern measurement, information and communication technologies (ICT) and the further development of innovative storage technologies - can help ensure a high level of security of supply and system efficiency in the future as well.

In “LoadShift”, the potential for shifting energy demand was analyzed and its economic, technical, legal and organizational aspects were considered.

It could be shown that there is significant load shifting potential in the areas of households, industry, commercial applications and municipal infrastructure. For the household and industrial sectors in particular, it was found that the longer the load shifts, the higher the costs per shifted kilowatt-hour. Of all the measures considered in LoadShift, 60% can be implemented at costs below 20 cents / kWh, but it was also shown that individual measures can be many times more cost-intensive.