Welcome to IEA Demand Side Management Energy Efficiency

IEA Demand Side Management Energy Efficiency is an international collaboration of 16 countries and sponsors working together to develop and promote opportunities for demand-side management (DSM). DSM offers solutions to problems such as load management, energy efficiency, strategic conservation and related activities.

The work of the programme is organised through a series of Tasks and reported in a number of publications. It is managed by an Executive Committee (ExCo). Visit the News page for the latest information on our activities.

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Upcoming Events

  1. Webinar: Involving people in smart energy: a toolkit for utilities, project managers, energy agencies and city developers
    18 February 2016
    Register here: http://www.leonardo-academy.org/course/details.php?id=399 About the webinar Users are taking centre stage in future energy systems. Smart grids will only succeed if we take into account the desires, motivations and concerns of people. Developing smart grid products and services represents not only a technological challenge, but an equally importantly a social challenge. The project S3C (Smart Consumer, Smart Customer, Smart Citizen) developed a toolkit with 50 practical guidelines and tools on how to engage consumers in smart energy projects. It covers a wide range of topics. How to better understand the needs of target groups? How to set up attractive incentives or reward schemes? How can I effectively communicate with customers? The webinar will present you with elaborated solutions for the effective engagement of consumers, customer and citizens. Speaker: Ludwig Karg, CEO of B.A.U.M. Consult GmbH Ludwig Karg graduated with a master (Dipl. Inf. univ.) in Computer Sciences at the Technical University of Munich (1981). He gained practical experience in software engineering and held German and international positions in Intel Corp. for multimedia and network products. He is Managing Director of B.A.U.M. Consult GmbH (since 1993) and Chairman of INEM (International Network of Environmental Management). Mr. Karg led various national and international research and development projects on sustainability, renewable energy usage, smart grids and energy storage. In the Smart Consumer, Smart Customer, Smart Citizen project, he acted as senior project manager. Moderator Hans De Keulenaer is Director of Energy & Electricity at the European Copper Institute (ECI), a non-profit organisation working towards the support and expansion of copper and copper alloy’s markets in Europe. He has over 25 years of experience in running international campaigns for companies and international organisations in the industrial sector. His current interests are sustainable energy systems, e-learning, quality of supply, smart & age-adaptive buildings and energy regulation.   DISCLAIMER: The IEA enables independent groups of experts - the Energy Technology Initiatives, or ETIs. Information or material of the ETI focusing on demand-side management (IEA-DSM) does not necessarily represent the views or policies of the IEA Secretariat or of the IEA’s individual Member countries. The IEA does not make any representation or warranty (express or implied) in respect of such information (including as to its completeness, accuracy or non-infringement) and shall not be held liable for any use of, or reliance on, such information.
  2. Task 16 Platform Meeting
    23 February 2016 - 25 February 2016
    1. Day 1: Building Deep Retrofit - Investors Day (stakeholder workshop organized by IEA ECB-Annex 61, Building Performance Institute Europe, Investors Confidence Project Europe)
    2. Day 2: Task 16 meeting (internal). Main topics: Deep retrofit, life-cycle cost calculations, Simplified M&V and NIAs.
  3. DSM Day in Stockholm
    16 March 2016 - 17 March 2016
    The Swedish Energy Agency together with the International Energy Agency Demand Side Management Energy Efficiency technology cooperation (IEA DSM) invites researchers, entrepreneurs and policy makers to a full-day conference devoted to different aspects of demand side management in the energy field. The main objective of the day is to create an exchange between the work done by the Swedish actors and within the IEA DSM cooperation as well as promote opportunities for more international cooperation. Programme highlights  –  Focus on three topic areas:
    • Energy Demand Flexibility 
    • Visualisation and interpretation of energy use
    • Big data applications: the Swedish perspective 
    – Presentation of the current and planned research projects within the IEA DSM
    • Task 16: Innovative Energy Services
    • Task 17: Integration of Demand Side Management, Energy Efficiency, Distributed Generation and Renewable Energy Sources
    • Task 24 Phase II: Behaviour Change in DSM – Helping the Behaviour Changers
    • Task 25: Business Models for a more effective market uptake of DSM energy services
    • Task 26 (planned): Multiple Benefits of Energy Efficiency
    –  International Energy Agency’s activities within Demand Side Management and other cooperation opportunities Registration  For more information and updates please see the information page and an online registration form. Please register latest on March 7 2016. Participation is free of charge but the number of seats is limited so please make sure to register in advance. Welcome!       
  4. Domestic Use of Energy – International Conference towards sustainable energy solutions for the developing world (DUE 2016)
    29 March 2016 - 31 March 2016


    South Africa’s supply-constrained electricity sector is likely to remain constrained for another five to ten years, while renewable energy is gaining popularity. But even though renewable energy is becoming cost effective to generate, it cannot supply a base load and storage capacity is needed to ensure that the supply is there when needed. So efforts to save electricity and to ensure that supply meets demand remain high on the agenda. The focus of our conference in sharing research findings has moved from a time when electricity was cheap and in abundance, to the anxious time of electricity outages to the dramatic increase in the cost of electricity today. During the time of abundance and also during the time of energy shortages we worked on incentives to use energy wisely. The motivating factor is always that resources must be used in a sustainable way which of course makes the use of renewable energy all the more important. But in addition we have a strong economic factor to save on electricity costs by improving efficiency and saving energy. Over the past 23 years the “Domestic Use of Energy Conference” (DUE) has presented a forum for professionals, practitioners and end-users in all fields of domestic energy to discuss the latest developments in the effective use of energy in the residential sector. The importance of energy conservation is now widely recognised, especially as South Africa is facing rapidly increasing energy costs. Although generating capacity is increasing, there is great benefit in doing everything possible to reduce the increase in demand. Energy conservation through efficiency has always been high on the agenda of the DUE conferences. The issues now addressed at DUE include sustainable energy provision; smart control systems, appropriate legislation and its implementation; the role of renewables; off -grid electricity supply. These challenges are particularly marked in the rural and remote areas of developing countries. Papers and workshops are targeted at establishing problem-solving partnerships where suppliers, distributors and users of energy, together with academia, will aim to speed up the provision and effective use of residential energy. Energy efficiency, consumer attitudes and behaviour, education and marketing are but a few of the factors that will be debated in detail at the conference. Register here: http://www.energyuse.org.za/due


    29 March 10:00 Industrial visit
    18:00 Meet and greet function
    30 March – 31 March Conference
    30 March Conference dinner


    1. Customer needs
    2. Domestic Appliances
    3. Energy Efficiency in the Home
    4. Electrification, DC & mini grids & smart grids
    5. Demand-Side Management
    6. Energy Policies
    7. Energy Audits and M&V
    8. Renewable Energy (Solar, wind, hydro & bio)
    9. Water Heating, Air-conditioning, Heat pumps
    10. Smart Home Technology
    11. Tariffs and Metering
    12. Education for Energy Efficiency

    Workshop on Renewables for Domestic Consumers

    While it is estimated that load shedding is costing about R75/kWh that is needed but not provided, renewable energy has made an important contribution to energy supply in South Africa. A recent CSIR report reveals that renewable energy in the six months to June 2015 has generated R4-billion more in savings than it cost the country in tariffs. But small scale renewable energy provision for the domestic sector has many challenges. The focus of this workshop will be to discuss challenges and opportunities for the use and implementation of renewable energy for the domestic sector. Topics to be discussed will include:
    1. Regulation and standardisation
    2. Off grid possibilities and examples of domestic installations
    3. Safety in connecting to the grid
    4. Metering


    Persons wishing to attend or present a paper at the conference, or participate at a workshop, should register on our website: http://www.energyuse.org.za/due/registration The organisers can be contacted at: Domestic Use of Energy Secretariat Tel +27 21 959 4330 Fax +27 86 778 0257 E-mail: due@cput.ac.za

    Registration fees

    Registration fee ranges from R1700 (US$ 130) to R4000 (US$300)
    Full Conference fee R3750
    Full Industrial visit fee R250
    With the following discounts:
    Members of AMEU, SESSA, SAIEE, BESCO SMEs or IEEE 10%
    Presenting Authors 20%
    Full time academics 20%
    Full time students 30%
    Early Bird Net fee less 10% if paid before 1 March
    Limited funds are available for the registration fees of deserving delegates in financial need. Conference fees are payable before or on 4 March 2016.
  5. International Symposium on IEA Energy Experts Exchange on Demand Flexibility and RES Integration – Smart Grids week
    9 May 2016 - 10 May 2016
    International Symposium on IEA Energy Experts Exchange on  Demand Flexibility and RES Integration SMART GRIDS Week 2016, LINZ AG, Wiener Straße 151, 4021 Linz, Austria Monday,            9th May 2016 Contact:             Matthias Stifter (matthias.stifter@ait.ac.at) – Operating Agent IEA DSM Task 17 René Kamphuis (rene.kamphuis@tno.nl) – Operating Agent IEA DSM Task 17 Demand and generation flexibility is needed in order to in effectively integrate renewables and distributed generation in the future energy system. The transition from passive demand side to responsive and active demand integration involves many different domains, from the technical capabilities of individual components (e.g. heat-pumps, storages, inverters) to the aggregated operation and market participation and new services. These different aspects are target by various activities of the International Energy Agency by means of technology focused tasks and annexes. This symposium brings together the different viewpoints and domains dealing with enabling flexibility and integration of renewables at the demand side. Among others cost-effective demand response includes the interaction of:
    • prosumer’s generation (PV, µCHP)
    • electric storage capabilities (electric storage, electric vehicles)
    • thermal storages like buildings or heat networks
    • user behavior, participation and interaction
    • components (heat-pumps)
    • grid and market services
    Speakers from expert activities of various energy technology initiatives will discuss recent research results, technology options and international viewpoints together with academics, distribution network operators and representatives from industry. Experts from industry, researchers, entrepreneurs and policy makers are invited to join the symposium and take part in the active discussions and panel sessions. Further information is available at: http://www.smartgridsweek.com/ The symposium is organized and supported by IEA DSM Task 17: Integration of Demand Side Management, Distributed Generation, Renewable Energy Sources and Energy Storages. IEA-DSM Task 17 addresses the current role and potential of flexibility in electricity demand and supply of systems of energy consuming/producing processes in buildings (residential and commercial) equipped with DER (Electric Vehicles, PV, storage, heat pumps, ...) and their impacts on the grid and markets. Link: www.ieadsm.org Support The following IEA Energy Technology Initiatives have been invited to contribute with their valuable expertise to the cross-domain topic of demand flexibility:
    IEA Demand Side Management – Task 17: Integration of Demand Side Management, Distributed Generation, Renewable Energy Sources and Energy Storages
    IEA DSM - Task 24 Closing the Loop: Behaviour Change in DSM – From Theory to Practice
    IEA DSM - Task 25 Business Models for a more effective market uptake of DSM energy services
    IEA HPP Heat Pump Program – Annex 42: Heat Pumps in Smart Grids –
    IEA ECES Energy Conservation through Energy Storage – Annex 28: Distributed Energy Storage for the Integration of Renewable Energies“ (DESIRE)
    IEA ECB Energy in Buildings and Communities - Annex 58 – Reliability and Energy Performance
    IEA ECB Energy in Buildings and Communities - Annex 67 – Energy Flexible Buildings
    ISGAN – Annex 6: Power T&D Systems
    IEA PVPS - Task 14: High Penetration of PV Systems in Electricity Grids
    IEA Hybrid & Electric Vehicle – Task 28: Home grids and V2X technologies
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