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Title: The role of perceived control over appliances in the acceptance of electricity load-shifting programmes
Authors : Moser, Corinne
Published in : Energy Efficiency
Volume(Issue) : 10
Issue : 5
Pages : 1115
Pages to: 1127
Publisher / Ed. Institution : Springer Netherlands
Issue Date: 2017
License (according to publishing contract) : Licence according to publishing contract
Type of review: Peer review (Publication)
Language : English
Subject (DDC) : 333.7: Land, recreational areas and energy
Abstract: Many countries, Switzerland included, envisage an energy transition characterised by the increased production of renewables. One challenge faced by these nations is that peak household electricity demand often does not correspond with the peak production of renewables such as photovoltaics (PV) and wind. Load-shifting via the use of smart appliances provides one option to better match renewable electricity production with household electricity demand. However, load-shifting requires the adoption of smart grid and smart metering technologies, which the public often views as a form of surrender to a lack of control and data security issues. Thus, load-shifting might encounter social disapproval. This paper analyses how control over the use of appliances and data security perceptions influence the social acceptance of load-shifting programmes via a social psychological online experiment (N = 250) by taking the example of the dishwasher. Results suggest a significant causal influence of the level of control over appliance on the acceptance of a load-shifting programme. In situations where participants perceived a lack of control over their appliance, acceptance levels dropped significantly. Regarding data security, experimental manipulation has been unsuccessful; therefore, no valid conclusions can be drawn regarding this factor. These results indicate the presence of serious concerns regarding the control of appliances when people are asked to consider a load-shifting programme. The development of a deeper understanding of these concerns may help utilities to create more successful, socially accepted load-shifting programmes and communication strategies.
Departement: School of Engineering
Publication type: Article in scientific Journal
DOI : 10.1007/s12053-017-9508-5
ISSN: 1570-646X
Restricted until : 2023-01-01
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