Designing Local Energy Market Applications
Keywords:local energy markets, design science research, application design, design principles.
Local energy markets and corresponding information systems are a way to integrate and involve residential customers in the energy transition, which can increase acceptance and drive private investment. This study is focused on the generation of design knowledge for these local energy market user applications in general and specifically to ensure long-term user engagement, which is a crucial success factor to maintain long-term effects. To this end, we derive, instantiate and evaluate seven design principles based on a field implementation with user interaction over 13 months using a design science research approach. The design principles and their instantiations are evaluated based on semi-structured interviews with the participants and a consecutive online experiment. The design principles provide fundamental knowledge for the setup of local energy market user applications and are therefore of value for researchers and practitioners alike.