Spatial Variation in Energy Use, Attitudes and Behaviours: Implications for Smart Grids and Energy Demand

You are invited to participate in the workshop ‘Spatial Variation in Energy Use, Attitudes and Behaviours: Implications for Smart Grids and Energy Demand’ on the 7th February 2014, at the University of Westminster, London.

The move from today’s centralised, carbon-intensive model of generation, transmission and distribution to a decentralised low carbon alternative is likely to increase the visibility of differences in energy demands. On the one hand, the transition to a system where the cost of providing an extra unit of energy is more reflective of actual costs should enable a better fit between consumers’ demand and tariffs that suit their lifestyles as well as more efficient use of infrastructure. On the other, this poses an important policy challenge as householders who are unable to take advantage of these changes due to financial, physical, socio-economic, educational, socio-structural, lifestyle or normative constraints may be disadvantaged.

Whilst publicly available data on the spatial variation of existing energy demand has improved significantly in recent years (e.g. DECC Sub-national Energy Consumption Statistics), the focus of analysis is still overwhelmingly at the national or regional level. However, spatial variation in energy use, attitudes and perceptions of low carbon technologies (electric vehicles, heat pumps etc.) and pro-environmental behaviours have significant implications for policy within and between countries. Without such an understanding, the likely spatial variation in consumers’ adoption and acceptance of the wide range of services that smart grid technologies can provide will be a significant unknown factor, undermining the realisation of benefits that can be achieved in a smarter future energy system. Understanding this spatial variation in, for example, the uptake of dynamic and differentiated tariffs and technologies like local energy production is therefore crucial to assessing the socio-economic, infrastructural and energy and carbon implications.

The aim of this workshop is to bring together a range of research and policy stakeholders to share recent results and to initiate discussions that can lead to a suitable synthesis of evidence in support of appropriate public policies and commercial strategies. It is organised by Nazmiye Balta-Ozkan (University of Westminster) in collaboration with Ben Anderson (University of Southampton).

In order to attend the event, please register at the following link:

Kind regards
Nazmiye Ozkan