By Y. Strengers
This booklet interrogates the worldwide utopian imaginative and prescient for clever strength applied sciences and the hot power patron meant to understand it. It enriches and extends the probabilities of 4 residential clever ideas: strength suggestions, dynamic pricing, domestic automation and micro-generation, concentrating on how they're being built-in into daily perform.
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In this case, industry analysts reproduce a reality in which consumers individually manage their energy consumption through an array of ICT- and data-mediated choices. 42 Smart Energy Technologies in Everyday Life Empowering Resource Man In light of the discussion above, it would be inaccurate to suggest that Resource Man is a future utopian fantasy; indeed, in many ways he is already ‘real’. Resource Man (and Woman) is increasingly featured on utility websites, where he can be found spruiking the benefits of managing his resources through smart technologies and home energy management systems.
In doing so, I start to identify some of the cracks in Resource Man’s conceptualisation, not least the complete absence of everyday life. 3 Resource Man Downstream, for end users, the impacts of the Smart Grid are potentially profound. Customers will face electric prices that vary within each day, and they will have far more information and control over their power use and costs. With software simple enough to run on a cell phone, they’ll monitor the energy used by several appliances linked to their home network, controlling them immediately or programming them to react to prices.
Data are delivered in a number of ways: for example, as consumption information delivered through website portals and IHDs, or through the provision and management of time-based pricing signals (charging different amounts for usage at different times of the day). Data can also be delivered to household technologies, such as washing machines and dishwashers, which can be programmed to come on at specific times of the day. Data, and the technologies that mediate it, are thereby the means through which providers and consumers of electricity interact.