Current Costs: Evaluating the Impact of Microgrid Energy Trading

August 01, 2019 | Research Report

The energy transition promises a decentralized electrical grid composed of a network of actors with distributed energy resources, but microgrids are not cost-effective for many electricity customers around the world. However, recent years have seen a rise in energy trading software platforms, which promise to provide better compensation for distributed energy assets. We examine the combination of energy trading and microgrid technology to determine if we have finally crossed that critical financial turning point – where it is more cost-effective to source electricity from distributed energy resources than from the electrical grid. Note: Lux analysts have reviewed this content in the last six months and deemed it still current and relevant. We will continue to periodically review content for recency and relevance, and will either archive or refresh this content as the situation requires. Please reach out to your Customer Success Manager if you have any further questions.


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  • Developer-owned costs
  • Customer-owned costs
  • Costs by region (varying retail tariffs)

Lead Analyst

Max Halik
Senior Research Associate


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