Dr Alexa Spence and colleagues have successfully published in the prestigious journal Nature Climate Change on Public Perceptions of demand-side management and a smarter energy future.
Reluctance to share data about personal energy use is likely to be a major obstacle when implementing ‘smart’ technologies designed to monitor use
and support energy efficient behaviours, according to this new research led by academics at The University of Nottingham.
The study found that while more than half of people quizzed would be willing to reduce their personal energy consumption, some were wary about sharing their information with third parties. More details in the University of Nottingham press release and a Guardian piece on the study.
The study was carried out in collaboration with colleagues from Tyndall Centre and Climate Change Consortium of Wales at Cardiff University, the Geography Department at the University of Exeter and the Environment Department, University of York.
The work formed part of the programme of the UK Energy Research Centre and was supported by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). Additional support was received from Horizon Digital Economy Research RCUK grant and from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).