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Report RSE 17001215

The “Energia su Misura” project and the end-users awareness impact on final energy consumption: trial and analysis of the results obtained



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L. Croci (RSE SpA) , M. Borgarello (RSE SpA) , P. Quaglia (Politecnico di Milano), M. Varvesi (AISFOR), S. Maggiore (RSE SpA)

GESTDOMANDA 2016 - Demand side management


The decarbonisation goals of the economy that Europe and Italy have undertaken require that progressive technological development of more and more efficient solutions is accompanied by a larger awareness and attention to the efficient use of energy by end-users. This is particularly important for the residential sector, which has a significant impact on the national energy balance and for which the user's behavior plays a significant role in consumption.

Despite the many efforts made so far, a significant portion of energy consumption still occurs through inefficient practices involving high waste, proving that end-users' awareness about energy issues is still limited.

For this reason, the guidelines of the European Energy Efficiency Directive 2012/27/EU have also widened the issue of the awareness and role that individual and collective behavior of end users can have. Various case studies have demonstrated how behavioral measures that favor the integration of end users in a more central and active position within the electrical and energy system allow them to gain also benefits in terms of energy savings.

The work has therefore been developed on the basis of these considerations, including the experience that comes from active participation in European projects such as NATCONSUMERS and S3C (Smart consumer - Smart citizen), ASSIST, besides the participation in Task 24 of the IEA DSM: such activities address the challenges of involving end-users globally to raise their awareness of energy issues and promoting their active participation in load management and efficiency energy.

The three-year project (RdS 2015-2017) addresses the theme of household energy consumption characterization, identifying for household types, defined on the basis of socio-economic characteristics, typical consumption profiles. Particular attention has been paid to the theme of energy poverty. For some types, a consumer monitoring program is planned to analyze in detail the time trends, main consumer items, and major behaviors. These trends are therefore modeled to identify, according to an opportunity cost principle, the main energy saving measures. From these considerations, energy-saving programs are being launched on monitoring users, monitoring their effectiveness. In this way, it is possible to define and develop good behavioral practices for energy saving.

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