On 19 November consumer rights group Which? published a report warning energy suppliers that they need to triple the current rate of smart meter installation to meet the target of replacing existing meters in every UK home by 2020. This would mean installing 30 smart meters per minute every day for the next two years …
This event brings together a panel of experts and key stakeholders involved in the smart meter rollout to examine the progress that has been made to date, and to explore how the smart meter rollout might be accelerated. We will hear a variety of perspectives and offer a stimulating discussion about the future of smart …
Governance through expectations: Examining the long-term policy relevance of smart meters in the United Kingdom
The demographics of decarbonizing transport: The influence of gender, education, occupation, age, and household size on electric mobility preferences in the Nordic region
Contested smart and low-carbon energy futures: Media discourses of smart meters in the United Kingdom
A new paper by CIED researchers analyses popular print media coverage of the smart meter rollout in the United Kingdom.
Professor Benjamin Sovacool was cited again in The Telegraph on the UK smart meter rollout.
Towards a modular and temporal understanding of system diffusion: Adoption models and socio-technical theories applied to Austrian biomass district-heating (1979–2013)
A new paper by CIED Co-Director Prof Frank Geels and Dr Victoria Johnson looks at modelling systems diffusion.
Professor Benjamin Sovacool was cited in The Telegraph on smart meters.
Researchers at the Centre on Innovation and Energy Demand (CIED) have published a new brief looking at the smart meter rollout in Great Britain.
Public procurement frameworks provide the most effective route to encouraging uptake of Energy Service Contracts in public sector,says new CIED report
A new study by researchers at the University of Sussex explains why the smart meter roll-out in the UK has not met its targets.
Anna Kowalska-Pyzalska will present on energy services and agent-based modelling. Join us!
Discursive destabilisation of socio-technical regimes: Negative storylines and the discursive vulnerability of historical American railroads
This post is by Jenny Bird, Dr Florian Kern, Dr Paula Kivimaa and Dr Karoline Rogge from the Centre on Innovation and Energy Demand and was first published on the Green Alliance blog. Prior to the era of Donald Trump, tweeting was an unusual way to make a government announcement. But a tweet from the …
The diffusion of low-energy systems needs to be accelerated to address climate change. What lessons can be learned from historical case studies about the technological, political, cultural and economic actions and mechanisms that accelerate diffusion?
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?
European countries have seen some low-energy innovations, like district energy systems in Austria, gain popularity. What lessons can be learned from these examples about how to overcome inertia and cause diffusions to accelerate, leading to tipping points and breakthroughs?
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.
Senior CIED researchers organised a workshop on ‘Policy Mixes for Sustainability Transitions’ held in Pelham House, Lewes on 1-3 February.
Prof Frank Geels was invited to be a member of the Scientific Committee of the European Environment Agency.
Dr Karoline Rogge gives a presentation at the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on German energy policy.
Modes of governance for municipal energy efficiency services – The case of LED street lighting in Germany
Dr Florian Kern is interviewed on BBC Sussex Radio and ITV Meridian News about the construction of the first ever offshore wind farm in Sussex.
A new book analysing energy and environmental law and policy features contributions by two Centre on Innovation and Energy Demand researchers.
Supporting diffusion of low-energy systems: what can the UK learn from the diffusion of Biomass District Heating in Austria
The enactment of socio-technical transition pathways: A reformulated typology and a comparative multi-level analysis of the German and UK low-carbon electricity transitions (1990-2014)
What encourages local authorities to engage with energy performance contracting for retrofitting? Evidence from German municipalities
Paula Kivimaa et al’s paper on ‘Socio-technical transition governance and public opinion: The case of passenger transport in Finland’ is now available for free download.
Exploring the Role of Servitization to Overcome Barriers for Innovative Energy Efficiency Technologies – The Case of Public LED Street Lighting in German Municipalities
The role of energy efficiency contracting in delivering energy efficiency measures for local authorities in the UK
Regime resistance against low-carbon energy transitions: Introducing politics and power in the multi-level perspective
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 supply’. The article reports that some utilities are divesting, …