UCL Energy Institute


UCL-Sorbonne Policy Briefing: Intensify collaboration in P2P energy trading and self-consumption

1 November 2018

Policy briefing on UK/France cross-border collaboration in peer-to-peer energy trading released as a result of recent workshop.

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As a result of a recent collaborative UK/France workshop a policy briefing has been released calling for further cross-border collaboration. On 28 and 29 June 2018, the UCL Energy Institute hosted the workshop Regulating new electricity markets: UK and French expectations for self-consumption and peer-to-peer (P2P) energy trading, which was co-organised with Pantheon-Sorbonne University and funded by a grant from the French embassy. The workshop provided an international forum for industry, policy, community and research stakeholders from both countries to share experiences and ideas on the regulation of energy self-consumption and peer-to-peer energy trading. 
Start-ups and companies presented their pilots of peer-to-peer energy trading using distributed ledger technologies (e.g. blockchain) in France and the UK. The sharing of their experiences on the ground provided useful input for policymakers present at the workshop, and recurring themes of discussion were the potential impacts on the economic and social feasibility of peer-to-peer energy trading arising from challenges such as the handling of network charging and taxes; data protection; and recognition of technologies including blockchain. The results of the discussion are set out in the policy briefing below, available in English and French.


English version

French version