New Initiatives

The following Annexes will be initiated during 2019. If you are interested in more information please contact the Operating Agent of the DSM TCP Samuel Thomas or contact the persons under each Annex.


New Annexes in 2019

Global Observatory on Community Self-Consumption and Peer-to-Peer Energy Trading

The DSM TCP Global Observatory on Community Self-Consumption and Peer-to-Peer Energy Trading is an international forum for understanding the policy, regulatory, social and technological conditions necessary to support wider deployment of these market models. The Observatory’s aim is to support all stakeholders in the peer-to-peer and community self-consumption field through being technology-neutral and applying open innovation principles to pre-competitive and early-stage research. It brings together the leading organisations researching the design and implementation of such models across the world to draw lessons from the international comparison of field trials operating under different regulatory regimes and in different social and technical contexts. For policy makers and regulators, the Observatory will deliver learnings on the extent to which existing policies and regulations support or frustrate application of such models in their country, and how to design such systems to deliver different policy objectives while minimising potential adverse impacts. For businesses, lessons will be drawn on how the environment in different countries shapes the design and viability of possible business models. For researchers, the Observatory provides a route to research impact, a collaborative platform with business and government, and a global community of researchers.  Findings will be designed for dissemination through IEA publications and global forums such as the Clean Energy Ministerial.

Operating Agent Alexandra Schneiders

Social Licence to Automate DSM

This Task will collate global experience of automating DSM implementation. Given the very early stage of the growth of the automated distributed energy resources sector, we propose identifying key emerging research in social sciences, technology and policy to investigate customer barriers and drivers for the uptake of other similarly challenging consumer facing technologies, to ensure that the regulatory and commercial environment created by policy and industry actors is conducive to delivering network and system-wide benefits. The project will also consider the implications of increasing automation for:

  • the policy environment broadly, to ensure wider network, environment, and social benefits are met and appropriate safety nets are maintained; and
  • the need for a “Social Licence to Operate” automated DSM systems so as to pass through the maximum value from utilities to customers. This social licence to automate in the energy sector requires shared insights and lessons from around the world, given the novelty of the challenge we face.

Operating Agent Sophie Adams

Energy-sector Behavioural Insights Platform

This Task will bring together government officials applying behavioural insights to energy sector policy issues and researchers working in the field. Participants will share experiences and expertise, develop guidance and build capacity amongst participating countries and the wider policy making community. Experience in the use of randomised control trials, mixed methods studies, behavioural needs analysis and the scaling up of pilots to full interventions are all potential capacity building topics.

Samuel Thomas for more information

Hard to Reach Energy Users

This Task will apply the Behaviour Changer Framework developed by the DSM TCP to the issue of policy aimed at energy users that are “hard to reach”, such as fuel poor households and small and medium-sized enterprises. Experts from government, industry, research and the voluntary sector will come together to identify how such energy users are defined and have been addressed in their countries and sectors in the past. Based upon the learnings from each other’s programmes and research, guidance will be developed on how best to target measures to hard-to-reach consumers, how to run engagement trails and how best to monitor and evaluate outcomes.

Operating Agent Sea Rotmann