Consumer vs Prosumer

Graphic by Sarah Harman

Consumers have been taking energy from the grid for over a century now. But this trend is starting to change.

"Prosumers" are starting to shift consumer patterns and how we power our homes.

Simply put, a prosumer is someone who both produces and consumes energy – a shift made possible, in part, due to the rise of new connected technologies and the steady increase of more renewable power like solar and wind onto our electric grid.

Who is a Prosumer?

The number of prosumers is rapidly growing as the number of North Americans generating their own power from distributed energy resources is increasing.Rooftop solar and EV's are leading the way in this new segment. The days of one way electricity consumption are over, with todays electric grid blurring the lines between power generation and consumption.

Prosumers embracing renewable energy can help preserve the natural enironment, drive economic development, and provide communities with more energy choices. In the future this new competition will innevitably spur even greater innovation in the energy sector. 

Through the creation of smart electric grids, it is evident that government organizations are working hard to foster the growth of prosumers. Advanced storage systems, clean energy integration, and key grid modernization areas will add additionals options and flexibility to prosumers and their electricty generation. 

Advanced energy storage systems such as Energy Storage as a Service (ESaaS) are projected to disrupt the the energy production industry, ESaaS allows a facility to benefit from the advantages of an energy storage system by entering into a service agreement without purchasing the system. Energy storage systems provide a range of services to generate revenue, create savings, and improve electricity resiliency. The operation of the ESaaS system is a unique combination of an advanced battery storage system, an energy management system, and a service contract which can deliver value to a business by providing reliable power more economically.

For the full article visit: https://energy.gov/eere/articles/consumer-vs-prosumer-whats-difference