Europese energieconsumenten ‘empoweren’
Op 1 april 2013 startte Intelligent Energy Europe (IEE) met het project EMPOWERING. Dit wil de Europese energiemarkt in de aanloop naar 2020 transparanter maken, en zo de consument in staat stellen energie te besparen. Het project wil de consument de nodige tools aanreiken om energiebesparende maatregelen te nemen op basis van de informatie die ze aflezen op hun rekeningen en via speciaal ontworpen online applicaties.
O2 gaf het project een baseline, een logo en ontwikkelde ook de website.
Vraagt u zich af wat hier zo nieuw aan is? Meer dan u denkt…
“What’s new is the meaningfulness of the information. Until now the best information provided has been a comparison with the historical information of the customer (say the last 12 months) and general tips of energy saving. All this tells you, is whether you are consuming more or less than last year, not whether this is a little or a lot, nor whether there is anything specific that you can do about it. What we are going to do is to analyse data across the utility’s database of clients and interrogate the database for similar types of customer (by neighbourhood, size of building, number of users, climatic zone, etc.).
This will enable the information to be personalised and made relevant: it will tell you whether you are consuming more or less than similar customers (neighbours for example). It will also enable the utility to offer specific, personalised, targeted information: whether your consumption is above or below average overall, in winter, in summer, whether that means that you should (for instance) check your boiler, check that you have good solar protection, etc.
All this is possible with conventional meters and monthly metering. If you add the potential of smart meters and hourly metering, for example, the possibilities expand enormously: setting alarms for abnormal consumption, detecting high consumption levels for base-load appliances such as refrigerators and freezers, etc. These possibilities are already being developed by the most avant-garde utilities in Europe but the potential is far from the mainstream. The EMPOWERING consortium aims to accelerate the transition of the use of this type of service from pioneer companies to mainstream best practice.”
Meer info? www.iee-empowering.eu