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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.

Task 24 – Subtask 3: eceee summer study 2015 evaluation paper

23 June 2015

This paper describes our Subtask 3 insights into how to improve evaluation of behavioural interventions – by going both ‘beyond kWh’ and ‘beyond energy’. Ruth Mourik presented it in a highly engaging way, showcasing Task 24’s storytelling methodology.

Task 24: eceee 2015 summer study evaluation paper

Task 24: eceee summer study 2015 storytelling paper

23 June 2015

This very well received paper was presented at the 2015 eceee summer study to over 150 people. It represents an overview of the various ways Task 24 has used storytelling as ‘translation’ methodology and the theoretical basis behind some of the narrative categories.

Task 24: eceee 2015 summer study storytelling paper

Task 24 – Subtask 1: Article for Green Growth Magazine

2 July 2013

In 2013, we wrote an article on Task 24 for Green Growth magazine

Task 24 – Subtask 3: IEPPEC paper

2 July 2013

Matt Batey (Belgian expert) and Ruth Mourik wrote a paper for the IEPPEC 2014 conference proceedings.

Task 24 – Subtask 1: ELCAS conference paper

2 July 2013

This paper was presented by Task 24’s Swiss Expert Dr Vicente Carabias-Hütter at the 3rd International Exergy, Life Cycle Assessment, and Sustainability Workshop & Symposium in Nisyros Greece (ELCAS).

Task 24: Paper for eceee summer study 2013

12 June 2012

This paper was accepted for Panel 1 in the 2013 eceee summer study (

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