The Social License to Automate Task has investigated the social dimensions of user engagement with automated technologies in energy systems to understand how householder trust to automate is built and maintained in different jurisdictions and settings.
A significant energy transition is underway across the participating countries in this project, and indeed beyond. In each country, this transition involves significant challenges associated with the relationship between transmission, distribution, and consumption of energy.
2020 has been challenging, but if it has proved anything, it is that social and behavioural change are important and achievable in the face of a crisis. It was also the year in which the IEA launched its Global Commission on People-Centred Clean Energy and the World Energy Council declared the 2020s to be the decade of the customer.
Global population is expected to grow significantly over the next 30 years, expecting to hit almost 11 billion by 2050, coupled with the electrification of heating, cooling and transport, this will have a profound effect on electricity consumption and demand.
The threat of climate change, significant growth in the number of prosumers and local energy generation, and the development of new technologies enabling new business models are all contributing
Thanks to the Paris agreements, Al Gore, Greta Thunberg, and the relentless flow of numbers and figures that provide proof of global warming, the sense of urgency to reduce energy consumption and stimulate the use of renewable energy has increased enormously over the past years.
The Energy Sector Behavioural Insights Platform of the UsersTCP brings together government policy makers and other experts to share knowledge and experiences applying behavioural insights (BIs) to energy policy.
The report discusses the behavioural factors acting as barriers to energy saving behaviours, to the uptake of energy efficient, clean energy technologies and of sustainable mobility options.
2019 was a turning point for our TCP. After a fundamental review in 2018 we collectively recognised both the strength of our 25 year history in Demand Side Management and the need to reinterpret and reinvigorate this in the light of the fundamental challenges posed by the energy transition.
Energy efficiency (EE) program administrators and policy makers have long encouraged the adoption of efficient technologies and conservation practices across all energy users and sectors. Energy users who haven’t yet participated in efficiency and conservation programs despite ongoing outreach are often referred to as “Hard-to-Reach” (HTR).
Do you work with energy users that are hard to reach? Who do you think of first when you hear the term hard-to-reach (HTR) energy users? Vulnerable users in the residential sector or energy users that are geographically remote or maybe ones that are hard to motivate or engage?