Co-managing Home Energy Demand: Endeavour Energy PeakSaver and CoolSaver Program Research

Nicholls, L and Strengers, Y 2014, Co-managing Home Energy Demand: Endeavour Energy PeakSaver and CoolSaver Program Research, TransGrid, Sydney, Australia


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Title of report Co-managing Home Energy Demand: Endeavour Energy PeakSaver and CoolSaver Program Research
Author(s) Nicholls, L
Strengers, Y
Year of publication 2014
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. The project investigated householder participation in the CoolSaver and PeakSaver programs run by Endeavour Energy. Thirty interviews, household tours and observations were conducted in this stage of in-depth qualitative research. Key findings and recommendations included: a) technical and trust issues associated with program delivery; b) limited comfort impacts on households; c) wide variation in discretionary practices during critical peak event periods and d) the importance of a greater focus on householder understandings of peak demand to promote participation and engagement with demand management programs. In addition the research identified a range of under-explored ways to engage households in demand management.
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