An energy market for the better in our daily life

APPLiA's contribution to the SEEI (Société européenne des ingénieurs et des industriels) Newsletter.

This morning we woke up and, among the first things we did, we turned on the coffee machine. Then, after having breakfast, we unloaded the dishwasher that ran the night before and, right after, we got ourselves ready for the day of work. Right before sitting down and opening our email inbox, we loaded our washing machine. Time to work. “Wait… It’s a bit colder than yesterday. I better set the heater on a slightly higher temperature.” most of us thought, and did so.

The constant supply of energy is usually taken for granted. Without it, none of the actions above would be possible. This would reflect in a negative impact on our day routines, influencing directly our lifestyles. We, as citizens, count on the constant supply of electricity to ensure our homes are heated, our lunch can be prepared, our clothes are washed and our floor can be vacuum cleaned. If energy is off, our homes are off. The same would happen to our cities, our public services and other essential supplies, like water distribution.

A well-functioning electricity market in the EU is essential for its citizens and assures energy when needed. The system must be safe, stable and integrated.

The current infrastructure builds on common energy market rules and cross-border infrastructure that enable energy to be used beyond national borders. The home appliance sector supports integrated renovations based on energy efficiency, on-site renewables and demand-side flexibility to achieve smart and decarbonised buildings.

The energy market as we know it, is not fixed in stone. It rather evolves and the EU must follow. New ways of sharing energy, in which consumers have an active role in the energy market, are in fact underway. As new approaches to energy usage become more common, consumers are less of electricity users only, and more of energy providers too. In this sense, they contribute to keep the electricity system stable and thus play a central role in it. In this context, incentives and subsidies are key tools to engage consumers.

In new electricity markets, demand-side flexibility is central. Smart appliances can help manage the electricity bill by taking advantage of the demand-side flexibility in the home, meaning that a variable energy generation is coupled with variable demand and is reflected in reduced energy bills for consumers. Energy market in the EU must always work for better lifestyles for its citizens.