Measuring and Evaluating Time- and Energy-use Relationships (METER)

Lead Research Organisation: University of Oxford
Department Name: Environmental Change Institute SoGE

Abstract

METER addresses a fundamental research question: "What is the temporal relationship between electricity consumption and household activities?". To date this relationship is still poorly understood. METER will address this gap by collecting electricity consumption data in parallel with time-use information using adapted smart phone technology.

A detailed understanding of 'what electricity is used for', especially during peak demand periods, is important in addressing emerging system balancing challenges and to develop appropriate policy frameworks and business models leading to the cost effective integration of low-carbon generation.

At present electricity is supplied based on a 'predict and provide' paradigm - so long as we can forecast 'how much' electricity is required at any one time, the fleet of mostly fossil fuel based plants can be scheduled to deliver. Little knowledge about the end-uses of energy has been required for this approach. With low carbon sources, such as nuclear, solar and wind, more flexibility may be required from the demand side. Understanding the end use activities supported by electricity becomes more important when seeking to reduce or shift the timing of consumption.

Studies attempting to measure electricity use at the appliance level have so far been limited in their scale by the cost and complexity of instrumentation. The absence of statistically robust consumption data has been noted as limiting the UK's world leading research in this area.

METER develops a new approach to collect electricity consumption in parallel with time-use information. Smart phone technology, developed by colleagues at Oxford, will be deployed to measure electricity consumption at 1 second resolution and ask participants about the activities they undertake at critical times of the day. The use of smart phones allows this process to be performed at unprecedentedly low costs, such that over 2000 households can be included in the study. This scale is important, because electricity uses are highly diverse and only a sufficiently large sample allows to develop statistically significant evidence for researchers and policy makers.

The concurrent collection of time-use and electricity consumption can improve the accuracy of time-use research and provide new insights into the use and timing of electricity consumption and its relationship with household activities. The data and the analytical tools developed by METER will provide much needed insights into the timing of electricity uses, which can underpin a wide range of future research priorities. Among them are emerging energy system balancing challenges and broader policy challenges relying on statistically robust information about the relationship between energy use, demographics, lifestyles and their transitions over time.

Findings and insights from METER trials will become publicly available as part of a public outreach campaign, including interactive online tools to explore how Britain uses its electricity and what the public can do to support the transition towards a lower carbon future.

Planned Impact

Research (immediate): End-use energy demand, network and storage research; Time-use research

- METER outputs will benefit ongoing energy research directly. Especially research under EPSRC's End-Use Energy Demand theme will gain a new source of data and methodologies for their implementation into existing and future models, thus alleviating a present shortage of consumption data. The outputs will ease the reliance on small datasets or deemed assumption about the composition of electricity demand. This also benefits related energy research disciplines, such as network studies (at low voltage level as well as for national grid and interconnects) and studies on the integration of storage, who rely on reliable load profile information.
- Time-use research will be advanced by developing and applying new methodologies and techniques for diary collection. The cross-disciplinary combination with time resolved electricity consumption profiles allows for more targeted, effective and therefore accurate collection of time-use information.


Research (indirect): Economists, Medical-/ Social science

Time-use research has an unusually wide range of applications and the inclusion of electricity consumption can only widen this. WS3 will seek new links, such as:
- Economists may be interested in the relationship between economic activity and electricity consumption types
- Medics can learn from activity/ health/ comfort level and consumption relationships (including for fuel poor subsets)
- Social scientists could gain new insights and definitions of fuel poverty and advance our understanding of socio-demographic relationships with different types of electricity use


Commercial private sector

Several small and large scale businesses may benefit directly (from outputs) or indirectly (from longer term outcomes).
- National Grid and small demand focussed businesses, such as Pilio and Moixa have already expressed their interest (see letters of endorsement). They can use METER data directly to calibrate their models and to better understand their clients. This also applies to distribution network operators, who increasingly have to manage loads to ensure voltage stability.
- New business models could emerge from the research results. Should, for instance, a particular user profile lend itself to effective load shifting, service providers can target these and create economic value through new forms of energy service provision.


Policy makers (local, national), regulators

- National policy makers have difficult choices to way up, while attempting to create a 'level playing field' between highly diverse options, including flexible generation, storage and demand response. METER will make significant advances in providing policy relevant evidence on the potential scope and limitations to the exploitation of demand response resources through different policy approaches.
- METER will benefit local authorities/DNOs/Ofgem in planning network capacity requirements for expanding communities more accurately.


Wider public

1) Thousands of participants will receive their personal load profile, which raises their awareness of the relationship between their activities and electricity consumption.
2) Results will be made publicly available in an interactive and engaging way on the project website. Publics can explore these and gain insights into their own uses of energy.
3) The above mentioned new business models for energy service provision, which may emerge from this research, benefit all customers. Those most able and willing to provide load shifting, provide a service of wider societal value, because the cost of electricity provision can be reduced and security of supply increases. Being able to identify and target initiatives on the most able response providers maximises consumer surplus and is thus economically more efficient than indiscriminate approaches.
METER thus contributes to the UK's low carbon future ambitions.

Publications

10 25 50
 
Description Over the past twelve month our new approach to collecting household activity information alongside electricity use data has shown:
- how our activities relate to electricity use (cooking among the most - socialising among the least)
- which activities are most/least enjoyable (socialising among the most - laundry among the least)
- how we respond to requests to reduce demand (16% reduction - main contributors: shift hot meal time and washing machine)

In addition the Meter Study discovered (and keeps discovering) how diverse the use of electricity use is across UK households. This is important, because we tend to design energy policy for 'typical' users and fail to recognise that different groups may respond more or less well to certain policies.

Over the past 3 years we have developed a comprehensive set of tools and methods to undertake research into household use of electricity, including
- an innovative self-administered electricity recorder for households
- an app-based collection of activities performed by each household member
- a database infrastructure and online portal to collect and share these data
Exploitation Route We have already had more uptake of our approach than we had anticipated. Colleagues in Germany and the U.S. are actively developing our approach with us to deploy it in their areas. This process will help us make our approach applicable in a wide international context and provide valuable comparisons of electricity use behaviours.

We envisage the following next steps:
- expand the sample to become nationally representative (this requires additional funding) - this will unlock policy impact
- continue the data collection to explore trends in demand and improve forecasting (EV uptake, changes due to digitalisation...) - this will be valuable for utilities and new service providers
- reduce the cost and improve scalability by using smart meter data and a personal app - this will help with both of the above
Sectors Communities and Social Services/Policy,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Energy,Environment,Leisure Activities, including Sports, Recreation and Tourism,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections,Retail,Transport,Other

URL http://www.energy-use.org
 
Description We have established new insights into the relationship between household activities and electricity consumption patterns. Over the past year these findings have been widely disseminated via academic and non-academic channels: - publications - conferences - panel contributions - commentary - social media - public and community events - school visits - visits of partners and key stakeholders (incl. BEIS and OfGEM) - direct engagement with participants The policy impact is still inhibited by the limited representativity of our sample - an issue we seek to address going forward. However, we have laid a strong foundation for data collection and analysis. As a result we now have strong collaboration interests not only within the UK, but internationally. We are involved with EPSRCs iNumber project in India, have developed new sensors with our partners at University of Münster (Germany), and begun joint app development with Stanford University (U.S.). We translated our instruments to German and data collection is currently being trialled there. This will not only strengthen the statistical insights, but allow for cultural comparisons in electricity use patterns. We are shaping the debate on the role of activities in electricity consumption and are now able to quantify the contribution of many key activities. This moves the public discourse of energy away from abstract concepts of 'kWh' towards tangible notions of activity (cooking, socialising...). The timing and type of food preparation, for example, could be shown to have a key influence on electricity demand during critical peak demand periods. They also proved flexible under certain circumstances. These findings have been well received and are of significant importance to service providers and aggregators seeking to contribute towards (and benefit from) demand side flexibility.
First Year Of Impact 2018
Sector Education,Energy,Environment
Impact Types Cultural,Societal

 
Description Evidence to Select Committee
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
Impact Gave evidence on the need for flexibility in future energy systems and made three specific policy recommendations on: 1) removal of regulatory barriers to storage in the form of BSUoS charges 2) classification of storage in its own right (not as generation) 2) a market mechanism to encourage system beneficial dispatch of renewables
URL http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/energy-and-climate-change...
 
Title Activity led electricity analysis 
Description A new approach to the understanding of electricity use in households combining time-use research methods with electricity recordings. The combination of a newly developed activity recording app and a dedicated electricity recorder allows for a direct interrogation of the relationship between societal patterns of activity and the shape of the resulting electricity load profiles. 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2016 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Collection of new data from over 150 households (ongoing). 
URL http://www.energy-use.org
 
Title Data visualisation 
Description An interactive online visualisation of household electricity use alongside activities. Implemented in JavaScript/D3 for feature rich engagement with users 
Type Of Material Data analysis technique 
Year Produced 2016 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Every study participant is sent their personal profile. In many cases these trigger an exploration of the underlying patterns of electricity use (which is one of the aims of the study). The profiles are publicly accessible and form part of the study outputs. 
URL http://www.energy-use.org/yourdata/
 
Title Electricity recording app 
Description An Android app to record household electricity use with one second resolution. 
Type Of Material Data handling & control 
Year Produced 2015 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact The app has been deployed to over 200 households to record electricity use. 
URL https://github.com/PhilGrunewald/DMon
 
Title Meter App 
Description An interactive mobile app to collect everyday activities and personal information from study participants 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2016 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact The app has superseded the collection of activities with paper diaries. It thereby overcomes a number of issues Methodological: - app improves time-stamping accuracy and encourages 'live' completing (improved accuracy), whereas paper diaries fail to record when (belated) entires are made - interactive response to circumstances (prompting targeted questions) - reward scheme (stars) to encourage good participation (30% increase in submissions over paper diary) Processing: - the app avoids the need for transcription of diaries (cost saving for study > £5000) - unambiguous coding of activities + context 
URL https://github.com/PhilGrunewald/MeterApp
 
Title Meter Interface 
Description An interactive Python interface acting as a hub for processing research equipment and data. It interacts with - Android measurement devices (push configuration and apk, pull data) - The database (interrogate status of participants and data, update and modify entries) - The web-interface (post interactive visualisations of data) - Participants (via automated personalised emails) 
Type Of Material Data handling & control 
Year Produced 2016 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Primary impact is to enable the research project to run smoothly and efficiently. It may be worth noting that the level of automation achieved with this interface has avoided the need for administrative staff to perform many of the repetitive task of a large scale participatory study. 
URL https://github.com/PhilGrunewald/MeterInterface
 
Title MySQL database 
Description The Meter database combines multi-variate data of different levels of sensitivity. It includes - Participant contact details - Household survey data - Individual survey data - Individual activity data (incl. location, enjoyment and ancillary information) - Household electricity data (in 1s, 1min and 10min resolution) - Views for fast access to activity/electricity relationships 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2016 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact The database forms the backbone of the Meter Study. It was designed to enable easy and direct access to the non-sensitive parts of the data, while keeping personal data secure. The database structure is publicly documented and published. 
URL https://rawgit.com/PhilGrunewald/AdminInterface/master/_build/html/_static/MeterDatabaseIntro.html
 
Description Bioregional participant recruitment 
Organisation BioRegional Quintain
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Contributed to newsletter
Collaborator Contribution Promoted the study and actively encouraged local residents to take part
Impact Study participants (valued at £30 per household - recruited well in excess of 15)
Start Year 2015
 
Description Good Energy participant recruitment 
Organisation Good Energy
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution None
Collaborator Contribution Promoted the study to the customer base
Impact Recruitment of study participants. An exact figure in not possible to quantify. I estimated the value of each participant at around £30 and we recruited at the very least 10.
Start Year 2016
 
Description International engagement with German partner 
Organisation University of Münster
Country Germany 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We - provided software and hardware to develop an extension of our study to the German system - supported translation - adapted the website and registration process
Collaborator Contribution Partner - translated extensive software interface into German - hired an assistant to develop visual electricity meter recorder such that our research can be extended to the German system - tested the new design - recruited participants
Impact disciplines: software engineering, economics, energy research
Start Year 2017
 
Description International engagement with U.S. partner 
Organisation Stanford University
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We have provided - open source access to our activity collection app - guidance material on its functionality - time in conference calls to discuss approach and opportunities
Collaborator Contribution The partner has - forked our project and developed new visualisations for live energy consumption data feedback - shared methods and approaches to data collection - contributed to conference calls
Impact None yet. Joint publication at BECC planned.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Oxford Sparks Animation 
Organisation University of Oxford
Department Oxford Centre for Diabetes Endocrinology and Metabolism (OCDEM)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Ideas and content for an animation script
Collaborator Contribution Management and production of an animation Supplementary material for schools Promotion of the study
Impact A youtube video summarising the study in 2 minutes. Nearly 1000 views in the first few month, despite not promoting it (because the study got immediately oversubscribed)
Start Year 2016
 
Description Pilio 
Organisation Climate-KIC
Department Pilio
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution We delivered electricity recording devices to their clients and potential future partners.
Collaborator Contribution Guidance on software development development of electricity recording hardware improvements and new modules for electricity recording software
Impact Improved software to record household electricity use with one second resolution A customer friendly electricity recording device that is now field tested and proven Deployment of the device to over 150 UK households
Start Year 2015
 
Description Scriberia promotional material 
Organisation Scriberia Limited
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Paid for animation and illustration material
Collaborator Contribution Produced promotional material
Impact The video animation (http://www.energy-use.org) proved a key recruiting tool for study participants (over 100 within weeks of launching the video) The Christmas animation got positive feedback on Twitter and via direct email
Start Year 2016
 
Description UKERC enegagement 
Organisation UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution I attended and presented research methods of the METER project at the UKERC annual assembly in Leeds. Wrote a blog and other material
Collaborator Contribution Promoted the study to a large and targeted mailing list Promoted the study to prospective participants Supported the recruitment of a data scientist position (would be nice to add more than one URL - here is another: http://www.ukerc.ac.uk/news/stopping-the-lights-going-out-oxford-researchers-launch-the-meter-study.html) Established contacts with key UK research partners
Impact Exposure to UK research community resulting in possibly 5 invitations to give seminars and collaborate Recruitment of participants for the study
Start Year 2015
 
Title Activity recording App 
Description An app to record everyday activities with minimal effort. This app is used for our research to collect time-stamped activity records alongside survey and enjoyment information. The Corodva platform allows easy porting and adoption for alternative uses. The app was translated into German by our partners at the University of Muenster. 
Type Of Technology Webtool/Application 
Year Produced 2017 
Open Source License? Yes  
Impact The quality of reporting is improved over conventional paper diary instruments. No manual coding and interpretation of data is required. We estimate an annual cost saving of about £15,000. 
URL http://www.energy-use.org/gallery/
 
Description A day with the Department of Energy and Climate Change 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Presented to a delegation from the Department of Energy and Climate Change as part of an all-day visit to the University of Oxford.

Stimulated discussions of the appropriate approaches to stimulate demand side response.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Community engagement 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Trial event for a new game developed as part of this grant.
The game simulates an electricity constrained street and participants have to negotiate which appliances to keep on at the risk of overloading the local feeder and be left with no electricity.
On this first occasion the game was played with cards.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.agileox.org/event/power-struggle-neighbours-whats-when-good-neighbours-become-good-energy...
 
Description Energy Colloquia series 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Co-organised a series of colloquia on a broad range of energy issues, typically attended by 50-80 people.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016,2017
 
Description Engagement with study participants 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact A combination of video, online, social media and (mostly) direct email engagement. Participants are informed about the research, get to see their own energy use data and have the opportunity to annotate and comment.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016,2017,2018
URL http://www.energy-use.org/gallery/
 
Description Expert meeting on Decarbonising Heat 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact An expert meeting under the Chatham House rule with influential participants. My role was to organise and coordinate, participate and engage.

Event raised the importance of heat as 'the elephant in the room' of energy policy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Expert meeting on Grid Scale Storage 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Co-organised, and presented at an invitation only expert meeting under the Chatham House Rule with influential and high profile participants from industry, politics and academia.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.energy.ox.ac.uk/wordpress/events/expert-meetings/
 
Description Expert workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 30 senior representatives for academia, policy and industry took part in an Expert Workshop to challenge the proposed fellowship approach.

The event provided stimulating discussion that are highly valuable for the strategic orientation of the Fellwoship. Over half the participants continued the discussion over dinner.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Expert workshop (Meter) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Expert workshop to disseminate the key findings and seek external guidance for the Meter project. 30 experts from academia, industry and policy joined a lively debate which shaped the ongoing study and sparked ideas for further research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Facebook live event 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Facebook live interview with audience Q&A. Organised by Oxford Sparks. Reach over 10,000 viewers. The YouTube recording has over 1300 views.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.oxfordsparks.ox.ac.uk/content/facebook-live-what-do-you-use-electricity
 
Description Follow up workshop with participants 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact We invited study participants to a drinks reception, where we awarded prizes for some participants and shared research findings. We also used the opportunity to gain feedback on their participation.
We learned about important aspects that were not covered by our questionnaires. For example, some people attempt to reduce electricity use by switching off their phone changers. This is a well intentioned, but in relative terms, futile effort.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Host stand at Big Green Day Out 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Hosted an all-day stand promoting the study. Engaged the public with quizzes and debate. Detected marked uptake in study participation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://oxfordgreenweek.org/events/oxfords-big-green-day/
 
Description Invited speaker at Alumni event (Oxford, SoGE) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presented ongoing research to former Oxford Geography students. Multiple follow up conversations and engagements. Highly positive feedback.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Invited talk (Imperial) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invitation to speak about research as part of the Energy Seminar series. Expert audience of about 50.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.imperial.ac.uk/energy-futures-lab/news/events/weekly-energy-seminars/
 
Description Invited talk (Oxford City Council) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Talk invited by the local council on Meter research and opportunities for collaboration. Has created strong ongoing engagement and opportunities for future collaboration. Attended by 20.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Invited talk (Oxford Institute for Energy Studies - Annual Gas Day) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited talk at the OIES annual Gas Day, where the relationship between electrical and gas futures sparked a lively debate. Several follow-up contacts and meetings resulted.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.oxfordenergy.org/event-category/gasdays/
 
Description Invited talk (Research Software Developer Network) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Our project maintains close engagement with the RSDN, which has informed our approach to software development and we have been able to hire resources from the network. We also share novel visualisation tools, which Meter is developing.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Invited talk (UCL) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited talk about Meter research. Attended by 30. Led to the development of research proposals and collaboration.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Lecture at Carterton Community College 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact A highly engaged school, learning about energy use and our research. The teacher gave highly positive feedback and invited me back.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Lecture at Energy Finance seminar 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact 40 students attended a week of lectures on energy. I presented research findings. Well received and I got invited again this year.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.oxforduniversitystores.co.uk/product-catalogue/smith-school-of-enterprise-the-environmen...
 
Description Meet the Frank Jackson Foundation trustees 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Supporters
Results and Impact Discussed the importance of our work and got assurances that the foundation intended to continue supporting our work.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://frankjacksonfoundation.org.uk/
 
Description Meeting with Argonne NL 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Meeting with a high level delegation from Argonne National Labs on storage and other collaboration opportunities in the area of demand response.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Online game prototyping with experts 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Expert group of academics (could not find them as a possible audience above).
Feedback on an online game to simulate a group of households having to negotiate in a competitive gaming environment how best to stay within electricity supply constraints.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.energy-use.org/neighbours/StreetName.php
 
Description Online game with community group 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A group of participants in the CEGADS (Innovate UK) project met to play the online game developed to simulate a situation where households in a street have to negotiate which appliances to keep on (at risk of overloading the local feeder and face blackout).

The game tested the relative value placed on the importance of appliances and practices. It also stimulated a very engaged debate over the length to which some people are willing to go to 'do the right thing'.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.energy-use.org/neighbours/StreetName.php
 
Description Organised Expert Meeting on Transport 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Co-organised an invitation only event hosted by ARUP under Chatham House Rule. 60 senior participants. The event sparked a lively debates on the future of transport and the role of subsidies in innovation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Organised an afternoon with Mainstream RP 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Organised a meeting of professionals from Mainstream RP with Oxford students with an interest in a career in renewable power. The event resulted in several students enquiring about possible jobs in the sector.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Organised energy colloquia 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Co-organised a termly series of energy talks with local, national and international speakers. These colloquia always lead to lively discussions and have lead to speakers joining research collaborations and other engagements. They further foster a sense of a research community at the host organisation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016,2017
URL https://www.energy.ox.ac.uk/wordpress/events/event/
 
Description Panel speaker at Oxford Energy Day 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Discussed the role of digital technologies for energy demand. Positive feedback from the event organiser. Lively debate with the audience.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Present at BEHAVE conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presented research findings. Active feedback and expressions of interest to collaborate.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.zhaw.ch/en/about-us/news/events/behave/
 
Description Presented at Oxford Energy Colloquium 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Presented Meter findings to an audience of academics and members of the general public. Follow on conversations continue and have shaped our research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.energy.ox.ac.uk/wordpress/events-2/
 
Description Science panel member at school career fare 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Panel member for secondary state school event. Encouraged students to take up science. Lively interest, and an encouragingly largely female audience of about 40 students. Follow up email questions and interest to join research project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.cheney.oxon.sch.uk/
 
Description Seminar at Exeter 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Seminar on invitation by the Energy Policy Group - discussed methods for data collection on demand side flexibility.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Seminar at Imperial College 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Talk on invitation about career development and my research on demand response and storage to a group of MSc students on the Sustainable Energy Futures course.

Followed by lively debate on the role of AI, smart technologies and PhD opportunities
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Seminar at Sussex 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Seminar on invitation to an audience of energy researchers and post-grad / doctoral students
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Seminar at UEA 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Seminar to energy researchers and doctoral students on invitation as part of the UEA ENV Social Science series
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Sustainability First workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Discussion of "Smart domestic electricity pricing - what does fairness look like ?" Brought up challenging new concepts of where the burden of balancing the system falls
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Sustainable Energy Futures Seminar and Blog 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact I regularly present at Imperial. This talk focussed on our new insights from Meter data and sparked a constructive discussion about the role of activities in energy consumption.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/newsandeventspggrp/imperialcollege/administration/energyfutureslab/events...
 
Description Talk at BEIS 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Presented research findings. Received important guidance about future policy relevance requirements for this study
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Talk at BIEE conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presented research findings. Very positive feedback and helpful questions by the audience. Several strands of follow up engagement.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Talk at National Grid 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Presented research findings to a very interested audience. National Grid is a project partner and gave helpful encouragement about the direction of the study. They further expressed interest in the type of data we are collecting.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Talk at Oriel College Oxford 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Keynote speaker at a formal evening of talks. Ongoing debates with key individuals, including the Provost of the college and an international philanthropist, who invited me for lunch to discuss this work further.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Talk at Regulator OfGEM 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The energy regulator is a key stakeholder in our work. We discussed how our data can help to inform their strategy and how we can improve its policy relevance.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Visit MOIXA 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Debated possible uses our our data for industry. Forecasting was identified as a priority.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Visit prospective research partner (Muenster, Germany) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited to introduce German researchers to our research methodology. The meeting led to specific plans and funding to develop and translate our research for the German system.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Visit to research group in Münster (Germany) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact Collaboration meeting to discuss ways to adapt Meter tools to German study
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018