Task overview


Finalised Tasks in dark shading

Task Load Shape Load Level Crosscutting
General aspect
1 Database and Evaluation X X
2 Communication Technologies X
3 Technology Procurement X X
4 Integrated Resource Planning X
5 Marketing X X
6 DSM on Liberalised Markets X X
7 Market Transformation X X
8 Demand Side Bidding X
9 Municipalities Role X X
10 Performance Contracting X X
11 Metering and Pricing X
12 Energy Standards (suspended) X
13 Demand Response X
14 White Certificates X
15 Network-Driven DSM X
16 Competitive Energy Services X
17 Integration of DSM, EE, DG and RES X
18 DSM and Climate Change X
19 Micro Demand Response and Energy Saving
20 Branding of Energy Efficiency   X  
21 Standardisation of EE Calculations    X  
22  Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standards    X  
23 The Role of Customers in Delivering Effective Smart Grids  X    X
24 Closing the Loop – Behaviour Change in DSM, From Theory to Policies and Practice  X
25  Business Models for a more effective market uptake of EE Energy Services    X  

In Preparation and Discussion 

Multiple Benefits

Big Data



Completed Tasks are shaded above

Market Opportunities and Barriers vs Strengths and Weaknesses

Market Opportunities

  • Need to meet Kyoto targets
  • Growing focus on market-based mechanisms
  • Liberalised markets create new players, new services and new opportunities
  • The ESCo market is growing
  • DSM and EE in line with local environmental concerns and goals
  • Energy demand must be reduced in many countries
  • Price risks are increasing thus emphasising real-time pricing and load responses
  • New (EU) Directive on demand management and energy services
  • Grid security requires demand response

Market Barriers

  • Link between EE/DSM and liberalised energy markets is unclear
  • Market and actors are fragmented and no one takes responsibility for the complex whole
  • Insulation of customers from location and time of use cost signals
  • Energy market reform (liberalisation) and abrogation of government responsibility for supply and efficient use of resources
  • Little interest by utilities and regulators in DSM
  • Customer driven DSM/EE programmes are minimal

Programme Strengths

  • Excellent potential to share what works and what does not
  • Ability to conduct collaborative and/or innovative studies
  • Capability to contribute to or influence policies in participating countries
  • Ability to assemble excellent study teams
  • ExCo and Experts have intellectual capability to use tools developed in Tasks
  • ExCo members are committed to work collaboratively
  • Strong network of Experts
  • Programme addresses the key issues of interest in the participating countries

Programme Weaknesses

  • Programme funding is limited and getting harder to secure
  • Significant effort is required to fund each new Task
  • Difficult to involve and fund Experts with necessary time and skills
  • Difficult to ensure commitment from Experts
  • Countries unable or unwilling to cover their OAs costs
  • Tasks take too long to complete
  • ExCo members do not seem to consult with their Experts and organisations prior to the meetings
  • Considerable time required to start new Task and process is complicated