Special Issue "The Changing Role of End-Users in the Consumption and Production of Residential Energy"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2020).
Interests: economics and policy of energy and the environment; energy efficiency; applied micro/macroeconomics; energy behavior; energy consumption; energy transition
Interests: energy consumption; sustainable consumption; social practices; gender; comfort; home; housing; energy transition
Interests: energy transitions; social psychology; energy policy; environmental governance
With the envisioned growth in residential energy demand and climate change mitigation efforts, end-users will be required to play an active role in driving the energy transition. Recent technological advancements in the energy market offer the potential for guiding end-users in reducing energy demand and producing renewable energy, e.g., by making energy more visible and removing the information acquisition costs. However, research shows that technology alone will not be enough for a wide-scale energy transition, and that far-reaching transformations of daily practices are needed; the way in which end-users interact with, and how their daily habits co-evolve with, smart grid and renewable energy technologies are also critical. In addition to this, smart energy technologies will evidently change the daily practices of energy consumers and within households, with the potential of both diminishing and enhancing inequalities, such as those related to gender, socioeconomics, geography, etc.
This Special Issue integrates ideas from sociology, economics, geography, and innovation studies from both qualitative and quantitative perspectives. We will look at the combined effort from different disciplines all trying to provide a better understanding of how we can reduce energy demand in the residential sector and facilitate the transition towards a low-carbon energy system.
This Special Issue will include, but is not limited to, the following topics:
- Opportunities and challenges in reducing energy demand in the residential sector;
- Social practices shaping the future of residential energy consumption;
- Social and gender inequalities related to present and future energy-consuming practices;
- The interaction between energy-related daily practices and smart grid technologies;
- Effective form, timing, and context of feedback in reducing energy demand;
- Household engagement with renewable energy technologies;
- The changing relations between households and the energy supply system.
Dr. Gianluca Trotta
Dr. Line Valdorff Madsen
Dr. Katinka Johansen
Prof. Kirsten Gram-Hanssen
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- energy demand
- energy consumption
- energy behavior
- theories of social practices
- residential buildings
- smart home technologies
- renewable energy technologies
- energy transition