Many institutions work to facilitate a transition toward more sustainable, efficient and affordable energy systems. They predominantly focus on the supply side. As a result, although it is widely acknowledged that acting on the demand side also provides opportunities for the overall improvement of the long-term energy sustainability, instruments and processes for robust demand-side management have received less attention.
Demand Anticipation: Improving Methods to Assess Future Energy Demand
In 2014-2015 IRGC organised a collaborative project work entitled “Energy Transitions: Demand Anticipation and Consumer Behaviour” under the auspices of its scientific partners, the Helmholtz Alliance Energy-Trans, the Center for Climate and Energy Decision Making (CEDM) at the Department of Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University, and the Energy Center (CEN) of the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). A project description is available here (pdf).
Demand Response: Challenges and Opportunities in the Context of Energy Transitions
In collaboration with the EPFL Energy Center, IRGC hosted a public conference on the “Challenges and Opportunities of Demand Response in the Context of Energy Transitions.” The conference was followed by an expert invitational workshop on “Risk Governance of Demand Response”
- Assessment of Future Energy Demand: A Methodological Review Providing Guidance to Developers and Users of Energy Models and Scenarios (Concept Note, 2015)
- Demand-Side Flexibility for Energy Transitions: Ensuring the Competitive Development of Demand Response Options (Report, 2016)
- Demand-Side Flexibility for Energy Transitions: Policy Recommendations for Developing Demand Response (Policy Brief, 2016)