AlpEnergy - VPS Allgäu
"Residential and commercial end-users in the Alpine space show great interest in energy efficiency topics"
• Customer group 1 could only access feedback on their overall household consumption. This group was supposed to answer the question: "Does feedback raise awareness?”
• Costumer group 2 was to test a static price model in addition to the feedback incentive. This strategy was supposed to answer the question: "Can/Do customers want to shift energy consumption manually?”
• Customer group 3 tested a more complex and dynamic price model that applies short term prognoses for price formation. A part of this group was equipped with a smart home automation system. This group was supposed to answer the question: "Does an automated solution support end-users in reacting to dynamic tariffs?”
What sets this project apart from other Smart Grid projects?
The project tested three different end-user engagement strategies with residential pilot customers. Customer group 1 received no monetary incentive, while group 2 was rewarded if they managed to shift their consumption into the designated static ‘saving zones’ (0,05 €/kWh).
The dynamic tariff structure was directly connected to the regional energy production. Also, a part of group 3 was equipped with a Smart Home Set through which appliances were controlled automatically according to the price signals. Remote control of household appliances was relatively untested at the time of the study. Participants of customer group 3 received 0,02 €/kWh or 0,05 €/kWh depending on whether they managed to shift their consumption to the according pricing zones.
In no small part due to the strong regional integration of the project, residential as well as commercial end-users showed a strong general interest in energy efficiency topics and were willing to participate in the study. In total, 260 residential and 33 commercial end-users could be recruited as participants in the VPS Allgäu study.