DP04 engages authorities to examine regulatory, legal and data security/protection topics to create a special regulatory zone within the assigned distributed positive energy block (DPEB) to implement innovative technologies and test new regulatory concepts. The innovative PEB/D solutions piloted in the regulatory zone enable the annual positive energy balance for the demonstration area.
Current city-governance structures and regulations restrict certain types of innovation, particularly if these innovations do not fit the framework of existing structures. This creates barriers and constraints for innovative potential, particularly relating to the creation, development and advancement of positive energy districts (PEDs). To ensure that innovation takes place across all aspects of society (municipal authorities, energy providers, business environment, and the citizen), there is a need for a mechanism to create spaces that enable and support innovation from a commercial and regulatory point of view.
To grant dispensation from the regulatory framework, it should be of value for the greater good of society. For the regulatory dispensation related to PED projects, the regulating authority should be aware of the potential and benefits of a decentralized energy system with regard to storage, balancing and energy and flexibility trading. For local and national regulatory authorities, it is important that the solutions show a positive social economic impact and not only a positive economic impact.