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Demand-Side Management
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Smart Grids

Recent activities and findings

Smart grid implementation - how to engage consumers?

The next webinar in the monthly series from the ETI focusing on efficiency in electricity demand (DSM) will take place on 9 September and will present a summary of key findings from a 2-year research project exploring smart grids from a consumer perspective. For information on this, and other forthcoming webinars consult the DSM website here

Communications as a critical enabler for the development of smart energy systems

The ETI focusing on smart grids (ISGAN), and the Global Smart Grid Federation (GSGF) in partnership with the European ELECTRA project, are organising a 2-day international conference on the critical role of communications in enabling smarter, cleaner energy systems.  It will take place in Lecco, Italy, on 14-15 September 2015.  Visit the ISGAN website for more information here.  

GRID4U wins Award of Excellence in smart grids

The "GRID4U Large-scale Demonstration of European Smart Distribution Networks" has won the 2015 ISGAN Award of Excellence, announced at the Clean Energy Ministerial on 27 May. The award is supported by the ETI focusing on smart grids (ISGAN) and the Global Smart Grid Federation (GSGF).  For more on all the prize winners visit the ISGAN website here.   

DSM Spotlight newsletter

For the latest updates on the work programme of the ETI focusing on efficiency in electricity demand (DSM) download the June newsletter from the DSM website here.      

Developing a framework for the branding of energy efficiency

This recently completed project under the ETI examining demand-side management (DSM) has published two reports looking at Best Practices in Branding of Energy Efficiency, and Case Studies in the Branding of Energy Efficiency.  Both reports can be downloaded from the DSM website.  

Energy expert stories

A compilation of video interviews with energy efficiency experts from the ETI focusing on demand-side management (DSMshowcases the many drivers, contexts, barriers, and models of understanding behaviour change encountered during a two-year research period. More...

Linking human behaviour and energy efficiency

The market 'failure' of energy efficiency is often due to the vagaries of human behaviour and choice. The best ideas, policies and programmes have been shown to fail again and again in achieving their desired outcomes. One project of the ETI focusing on demand-side management (DSM- Closing the Loop - sets out to investigate further in order to provide clear recommendations to policymakers. Download the DSM report here

Accelerating the development and deployment of smarter electric grids

Twelve case studies of the Demand Side Management Case Book of the ETI focusing on smart grids (ISGAN) provide lessons learned and best practices into the complexity of deploying demand-side management initiatives. The case studies also cover programme and policy mechanisms, costs and the associated business cases for investment. Download the ISGAN report here.

The Implementing Agreements in this cateogry are reviewed by the Working Party on Energy End-Use Technology (EUWP)

For information on related activities carried out by the IEA Secretariat, see Electricity

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