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Demand Side Flexibility and Responsiveness: Moving Demand in Time Through Technology

  • Mitchell Curtis
  • Jacopo Torriti
  • Stefan Thor Smith
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Abstract

Demand Side Response (DSR) consists of a set of programmes, policies and technologies that enable shifting energy demand in time with varying degrees of end user’s engagement. It is increasingly seen as the main tool for achieving flexible and responsive energy demand. The objective of this chapter is to move beyond existing approaches to better incorporate the material technological arrangements of appliances, infrastructures, and the social rhythms of everyday coordination into analysis of DSR in practice. In so doing we propose clearer definitions of both how flexibility and responsiveness should be understood. Taking the example of hotels as a site of energy demand, we detail which energy loads have potential for demand responsiveness and focus on questions of automation at different stages of the DSR process.

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Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council [grant number EP/K011723/1 and EP/G037787/1] as part of the RCUK Energy Programme and by EDF as part of the R&D ECLEER Programme.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mitchell Curtis
    • 1
  • Jacopo Torriti
    • 2
  • Stefan Thor Smith
    • 2
  1. 1.Technologies for Sustainable Built Environments CentreUniversity of ReadingReadingUK
  2. 2.School of the Built Environment University of ReadingReadingUK

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