The role of smart meters in encouraging behavioural change - prospects for the UK

Martiskainen, Mari and Ellis, Josie (2009) The role of smart meters in encouraging behavioural change - prospects for the UK. Working Paper. Sussex Energy Group, Brighton, UK.

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Abstract

Growing concerns about climate change and energy security have led to a strong focus on
energy efficiency within UK energy policy. At the same time, information and communication
technologies (ICTs) have become pervasive in society and this has brought with it new policy options
which use them as enabling technologies. One such policy option planned for implementation in the
UK is the use of smart meters and real-time displays to encourage people to become more aware of
their energy consumption and possibly change their energy-related behaviours. Smart meters and
displays by definition link individuals, technologies and society, and their effectiveness is influenced
by a range of factors. This paper aims to identify which factors are most likely to contribute to the
effectiveness of smart meters and real-time displays in reducing household energy consumption by
analysing: a number of perspectives on behavioural change, particularly as they relate to household
electricity use; the role of smart meters in the UK energy efficiency policy, including the role of ICTs
in energy demand reduction more generally; and the views of a range of key stakeholders.

Item Type: Reports and working papers (Working Paper)
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Depositing User: Mari Martiskainen
Date Deposited: 02 Feb 2016 08:37
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2016 08:37
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/59518

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