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People or machines? Assessing the impacts of smart meters and load controllers in Italian office spaces

Torriti, J. (2014) People or machines? Assessing the impacts of smart meters and load controllers in Italian office spaces. Energy for Sustainable Development, 20. pp. 86-91. ISSN 0973-0826

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1016/j.esd.2014.01.006

Abstract/Summary

Government initiatives in several developed and developing countries to roll-out smart meters call for research on the sustainability impacts of these devices. In principle smart meters bring about higher control over energy theft and lower consumption, but require a high level of engagement by end-users. An alternative consists of load controllers, which control the load according to pre-set parameters. To date, research has focused on the impacts of these two alternatives separately. This study compares the sustainability impacts of smart meters and load controllers in an occupied office building in Italy. The assessment is carried out on three different floors of the same building. Findings show that demand reductions associated with a smart meter device are 5.2% higher than demand reductions associated with the load controller.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Science > School of the Built Environment > Construction Management and Engineering > Innovative and Sustainable Technologies
Interdisciplinary centres and themes > Energy Research
ID Code:35853
Uncontrolled Keywords:Load controllers; Demand Side Management; Electricity demand; Smart meters
Publisher:Elsevier

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