UCL Energy Institute

Ms Alexandra Schneiders

Ms Alexandra Schneiders

Senior Research Fellow

Bartlett School Env, Energy & Resources

Faculty of the Built Environment

Joined UCL
15th Jan 2018

Research summary

Current projects:

  • Global Observatory on Peer-to-Peer, Community Self-Consumption and Transactive Energy Models: GO-P2P was launched in September 2019, and includes ~200 participating experts in the field (from academia, industry and non-profits) representing 22 countries. The main aim of the Observatory is to assess and compare P2P/TE/CSC pilots being rolled across the world, while responding to national and international policymakers' evidence needs. As Task Leader, Alexandra leads GO-P2P's activities, and her work is funded by the Energy Revolution Research Consortium. More information: https://userstcp.org/task/peer-to-peer-energy-trading/ 
  • UK Centre for Research into Energy Demand Solutions (CREDS) project on 'Social entrepreneurship at the grid edge': As part of this project, investigating the opportunities for community led demand-side response and collective self-consumption in the UK and the Netherlands, Alexandra leads a work package comparing the role of community energy in the UK and Dutch regulatory contexts. More information: https://www.creds.ac.uk/social-entrepreneurship-at-the-grid-edge/ 
  • Transactive Energy Colombia: As part of this project, financed by the Royal Academy of Engineering and EPM, a peer-to-peer energy trading pilot is being rolled out in Medellin (Colombia). The trial will provide valuable information for the design of P2P energy trading schemes in the developing world. Project activities include the development of a peer-to-peer energy trading app, the elaboration of policy recommendations for Colombian policymakers and a roadmap to commercial scale-up. For more information: http://comunidad.eia.edu.co/blog/transactive-energy-knowledge-sharing-with-colombia-and-the-uk/ 

Previous projects:

  • The Internet of Energy Things: Supporting peer-to-peer energy trading and demand-side management through blockchains (P2P-IoET, 2018): Within the framework of this PETRAS-funded project, Alexandra led the development of a popular boardgame on peer-to-peer energy trading having so far been used for pilot participant recruitment, policymaker awareness and educational purposes ('Watts the Deal?'- http://wattsthedeal.org/); coordinated a UK-wide survey experiment on the public acceptability of different aspects of P2P electricity trading in communities; and co-organised a workshop on the societal drivers and regulatory impacts of electricity self-consumption and peer-to-peer energy trading in the UK and France. More information: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/bartlett/energy/research-projects/2018/may/p2p-ioet


Alexandra Schneiders is a Senior Research Fellow at the UCL Energy Institute and the Task Leader of the Global Observatory on Peer-to-Peer, Community Self-Consumption and Transactive Energy Models (GO-P2P), a Task of the User-Centred Technology Collaboration Programme by the International Energy Agency (IEA). Her research focuses on the policy and regulatory enablers/obstacles of rolling out peer-to-peer and community self-consumption models, at UK and international level (thanks to her fluency in four languages). Prior to joining the UCL Energy Institute in January 2018, she worked in Brussels in political and legal consultancies, advising corporate and public sector clients (such as the European Commission) on energy and financial services-related topics. Her background is in law and politics, and she holds degrees from the University of Amsterdam (LLB, 2012 & LLM, 2016) as well as the College of Europe (MA, 2013).