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Efficient grid use and demand flexibility in local distribution markets

Research project within the Industrial Doctoral School at Umeå University.

The main goal of this project is to explore and develop pricing mechanisms and other tools for promoting efficient grid use in the local electricity distribution grid in Umeå, and to learn about customers behavior, and how this can enable a sustainable transition of the electricity market and society.

Head of project

Evelina Jansson
Doctoral student

Project overview

Project period:

2022-09-01 2026-09-01


Industrial Doctoral School, 50 percent

Umeå Energi Elnät AB, 50 percent

Participating departments and units at Umeå University

Umeå School of Business, Economics and Statistics

Research area


Project description

As part of realizing Swedish and European climate ambitions, policy makers have recently focused much of their attention on remedying the prevailing lack of incentives for residential consumers to save electricity and cut peak demand at times of market constraints.

Such changes to consumption, which are commonly referred to as demand flexibility, can benefit both the generation of electricity through reducing the need for costly peak generation capacity, and also benefit local grids by reducing grid congestion and improving grid efficiency.

In this project, we will together with Umeå Energi Elnät AB explore how demand flexibility at the local electricity distribution level can be designed in order to reduce grid congestion and improve grid efficiency. In more detail, we will explore, among other things, the role of electric vehicle charging and how local grids can accommodate a development with more battery charging.

Latest update: 2023-02-20