Timeline: May 2013 – April 2016
Analyses of historical trends and future projections of consumer energy demand are typically broad-brush, based on current levels of consumption modified by forecast population and GDP changes. The detail of when, how and by whom energy is used is hidden from analytic view, but is crucial for estimating future demand and assessing likely responses to smart grid/decentralised systems: for example, which end uses are likely to change, how do practices vary, how does this affect peak load? There is a clear need for substantially more sophisticated analyses of spatial, temporal and social variations in end use practices in order to produce more refined scenarios of future demand, and to inform current policy initiatives and critically examine their effects.
Research activities in this theme are creatively integrating and analysing existing data to meet this need and inform other projects in the DEMAND Centre’s programme.
- The Rhythms of DEMAND: a short summary of Theme 1 research to January 2014.
- Jillian Anable talks about the fluctuations and rhythms of demand.
- Giulio Mattioli talks about the cargo function of cars and food shopping travel.
- Torriti, J. (2014) A review of time use models of residential electricity demand, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 37, September 2014, Pages 265–272.
- Categories, Concepts and Units: Representing energy demand in and through time, DEMAND Working Paper 3, July 2014.
- Walker, G. (2014) ‘Dynamics of Energy Demand: change, rhythm and synchronicity’, Energy and Social Science Research, 1(1). March 2014, Pages 49–55.
- The timing and societal synchronisation of energy demand, DEMAND Working Paper 1, February 2014.
Key dissemination events
- Demand Contributions to the BEHAVE Conference, September 2014:
- The temporalities of mode shift: the case of food shopping travel, Giulio Mattioli & Jillian Anable
- Practice-Hunting using Time Use Surveys, Mathieu Durand-Daubin & Ben Anderson
- The Rhythms and Components of ‘Peak Energy’ Demand, Ben Anderson, Richard Hanna & Jacopo Torriti
- Demand Contributions to the IATUR Conference, July/August 2014:
- The mobility intensity of everyday practices: Identifying sequences of activities in terms of their travel characteristics, Giulio Mattioli, Jillian Anable & Katerina Vrotsou
- Geovisualising timeuse data to understand the timing and flexibility of social practices and energy demand in UK cities, Richard Hanna, Corelia Baibarac & Godwin Yeboah
- Shifting Routines, Changing Demand: A workshop on the dynamics of household energy demand during daily and network peaks, 28-29 May 2014.
- Issues of the timing and synchronisation of social practices and the implications for energy and mobility, presentation given at the Department for Energy & Climate Change, London, 10 December 2013.
- The Dynamics of Energy Demand: Change, Rhythm, Synchronicity and Movement, presentation by Gordon Walker, at ‘STS Perspectives on Energy’, University of Lisbon, 4-5 November 2013.