London, UK — (METERING.COM) — August 23, 2006 – Ofgem, the UK energy regulator, has today invited firms to take part in a study, co-funded by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) to gather further evidence on how domestic customers change their energy consumption when they have better information on how much energy they use.
Improved information – with smarter metering potentially playing a key role – could make a contribution to reducing the emission of greenhouse gases and tackling fuel poverty. The trials will help to establish how large that contribution might be.
Research on smart metering devices conducted by Ofgem earlier this year revealed that there was little information about how customers’ energy consumption changes when they get better information about energy usage.
Ofgem will evaluate bids for the trials, recommend the range of trials, evaluate the interim results and compile a final report after two years of data have been collected. A workshop will be hosted by Ofgem on 6th September, and the closing date for applications for the trial is 29th September 2006.