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IEA DSM Task 17 – Subtask 11: Valuation Analysis of Residential Demand Side Flexibility

12 October 2016

Executive Summary

The document starts with background about the ongoing transition of the energy system and demand response integration. Use cases on how flexibility can create value are discussed in details with respect to each actor and their corresponding roles, with some examples given. These use cases are markets, network operators, customers and the society. Coordination schemes and their introduction and design of markets are presented and analyzed.

A detailed study on existing valuation schemes and cost-benefit analysis frameworks with a summary and overview of boundary conditions and scenarios is part of chapter 4. This is supported by an extensive number of existing valuations of smart grid projects with a particular focus on residential demand response.

The document continues on the subtask 10 deliverable that describes actors and their roles, as well as potentials which can be further translated into commercial and grid operation cost/benefit analyses.

IEA DSM Task 17 – Subtask 10: Roles and Potentials of Flexible Consumers and Prosumers

12 October 2016

Executive Summary

Use of active end-user flexibility in electricity demand, supply or storage at the residential level is still in its infancy. User acceptance issues, market design and regulation, grid and market operational constraints, technical issues with communication protocols and response automation and, as a result of that, the lack of appropriate sound business models form tantalizing challenges for DSM. With the new world-wide de-carbonization agreements, new additional objectives and constraints are added to the supply/demand optimization schemes for the electricity system to include environmental and resiliency targets.

This document is the first in a series to introduce how value creation in power systems of end user flexibility can be enhanced. It functions as a preface by describing the interfaces, roles, and potentials of providing flexibility services. The role of residential end-user equipment in buildings in providing flexibility services in the future energy system is identified. Technical potentials (kW and kWh) of distributed energy resources (distributed generation, storage, and responsive load) are also included in this analysis. Moreover, identified technologies are assessed regarding their potential applicability and maturity in the context of different technical and commercial frameworks.

The document is the prelude to the subtask 11 deliverable that describes how these potentials can be further translated into commercial and grid operation cost/benefit analyses.

Task 25 – Deliverable 4: Effective business model design and entrepreneurial skills for energy efficiency services

25 July 2016

A comparative international analysis (work in progress: July 2016)

Task 24 – Subtask 8: The Behaviour Changer Framework

24 July 2016

This peer-reviewed publications explains the Subtask 8 Behaviour Changer Framework – our ‘magic carpet’ for collective impact assessment and collaboration. It will be presented at the 2016 ACEEE summer study and BEHAVE conferences.

Task 24 – Subtask 9: SCE-funded psychometric scale testing Report Final

24 July 2016

The ‘beyond kWh’ psychometric testing of scales funded by Southern California Edison.

Task 24 – Subtask 9: Evaluating Energy Culture: Identifying and validating measures for behaviour-based energy interventions

24 July 2016

Ford, Karlin and Frantz presented this peer-reviewed Subtaks 9 paper at the 2016 IEPEC conference.

Task 24 – Subtask 9: ‘Exploring Deep Savings: A Toolkit for Assessing Behavior-Based Energy Interventions’

24 July 2016

This is a peer-reviewed paper on the Subtask 9 ‘beyond kWh’ toolkit presented by Karlin, Ford and McPherson-Frantz at the 2015 IEPEC conference.

Task 24: Subtask 2 – Austria’s Energy Hunt & €CO2 Management

22 October 2015

This report highlights two in-dept case studies from Austria – the Energy Hunt (Energiejagd) and €CO2 Management. Both were projects undertaken within wider EU programmes and they tackled the same issue – residential energy use reduction, with very different approaches: The Energy Hunt was highly social, had a gamification element and was low tech; €CO2 management was based on the neoclassical deficit model (provide information and incentives) and more high tech in its feedback mechanisms. They both saved some energy but the Energy Hunt was arguably more successful, particularly in the participation and enjoyment of end users who were a more active part of the creation and implementation of the programme.


Task 24 – Subtask 9: IEPEC Beyond kWh Scoping Paper

26 August 2015

This paper, presented at the 2015 IEPEC conference in the US, is entitled “Exploring Deep Savings: A Toolkit for Assessing Behavior-Based Energy Interventions” and was co-authored by Dr Beth Karlin (University of California, Irvine, USA), Dr Rebecca Ford (University of Otago, New Zealand) and Dr Cynthia McPherson Frantz (Oberlin College, USA).

This paper argues for a more systematic and comprehensive approach to the evaluation of behavior-based energy interventions, and describes a preliminary toolkit that is currently being developed and validated in conjunction with the International Energy Agency Demand Side Management Programme (IEA DSM) Task 24 on Behavior Change as well as two large investor-owned utilities. The approach is informed by theories and empirical research on behavior change as well as a content analysis of 85 behavior-based energy interventions. It includes questions on: context (demographics), user experience (ease of use, engagement), material culture (what people have), energy practices (what people do), and beliefs around energy use (what people think). It forms the background scoping paper for the work that will be undertaken by Dr Karlin et al  and which is co-funded by PG&E and SCE during 2015-16. In 2017, we will validate the behavioral toolkit and its various modules in the participating Task 24 countries and develop any country-context specific updates.

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