smart meters

Smart meter rollout in the UK: Dynamics of expectations

Smart meters have taken on a prominent role in the UK government’s energy demand reduction plans and discourse over the past decade. What expectations have been associated with smart metering roll out and how have they changed over time? How do expectations link with governance?

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The diffusion of energy service contracting

Energy service contracts involve the outsourcing of energy-related services to a third party, or contractor. This project aims to identify the factors underpinning successful business models, to identify whether, how and under what conditions such models could diffuse more widely, and to assess their potential for reducing energy demand in order to provide recommendations for public policy.

Utilities transforming into energy service providers?

A recent Financial Times (FT) article ‘Crisis-hit European utilities square up to technological revolution‘, argues that the large utilities have underperformed compared to the broader European equity market and, according to the CEO of RWE, are facing ‘the worst structural crisis in the history of energy supp€ly’. The article reports that some utilities are divesting, …