Shifting Routines, Changing Demand, 28-29 May 2014

Workshop on the dynamics of household energy demand during daily and network peaks; convened by Yolande Strengers (@YolandeStreng), Ben Anderson (@dataknut), and Mike Hazas (@MikeHazas)

On the 28-29 May the DEMAND Centre hosted a workshop at Lancaster University on changing household routines and the implications for managing (daily and network) peak demand, drawing on insights from Australian and UK research. The workshop brought together policy makers, demand managers and key thinkers on the time dynamics of energy demand. As well as exploring current analyses about how demand is shifting, and how it could be shifted, the workshop involved a series of ‘provocative experiments’ aimed at generating reflection on both current strategies and future visions of how daily and seasonal rhythms of energy demand can change.


Partially informed by the convenors’ close analyses of both UK and Australian household data, the workshop aimed to provoke reflection and discussion on:

  • How and why energy-demanding routines are shifting in time and space, and the impacts of these changes on peak demand and CO2 emissions
  • How demand managers are attempting to shift routines (and to what extent, and in what sense, this is (not) working)
  • What other programs and policies might shift routines to reduce demand

We also designed a number of interventions to make some of these discussions more concrete. We hope the participants have now forgiven us…


Images of the interventions in play

General workshop photos

Additional contributions

Participants (and non-participants) – please feel free to add materials, links, comments, feedback etc via comments below.

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2 Responses to Shifting Routines, Changing Demand, 28-29 May 2014

  1. Ben Anderson says:

    A number of people were interested in electric vehicles… The North East (CLNR project) work is reported here: see especially “CLNR-L038 IEEE ISGT 2013: Integrating smart meter and electric vehicle charging data to predict distribution network impacts”

    That project has also looked at microgen matching and also at Time of Use tariffs.

    There’s also Low Carbon London – not clear if any results are available yet and the same goes for (but see

    These are all Low Carbon Network Fund projects carrying out fairly large scale/ambitious experiments and trials.

  2. Ben Anderson says:

    These are the ofgem working groups that are relevant: (Smart Meters/Markets) and (Demand Side Response – appears to be re-structuring itself at present)

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