Co-managing Home Energy Demand: Peak Demand and Pricing Strategies Research with Ausgrid Residential Customers

Strengers, Y and Nicholls, L 2012, Co-managing Home Energy Demand: Peak Demand and Pricing Strategies Research with Ausgrid Residential Customers, TransGrid, Sydney, Australia


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Title of report Co-managing Home Energy Demand: Peak Demand and Pricing Strategies Research with Ausgrid Residential Customers
Author(s) Strengers, Y
Nicholls, L
Year of publication 2012
Publisher TransGrid
Place of publication Sydney, Australia
Subjects Social Change
Abstract/Summary This original empirical research was conducted as part of the Australian Energy Regulator's Demand Management Innovation Incentive Scheme. The research was commissioned by TransGrid, the NSW state-owned electricity transmission business to inform energy policy, programs and pricing relating to the issue of peak electricity demand. This qualitative research project involved in-home interviews with 26 households (37 participants) in the Ausgrid electricity distribution area. The interviews explored understandings of peak demand and a range of demand management strategies. Outcomes included: a) identification of discretionary and non-discretionary practices and associated variability; b) the importance of understandings of waste and household's own electricity use; c) how misunderstandings of peak demand affect household participation in demand management and d) householder willingness to participate in peak alerts at times of electricity shortage. The research contributed to TransGrid's and Ausgrid's understanding of electricity consumers to inform future demand management program and electricity pricing strategies.
Commissioning body TransGrid
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