Applying Demand Data: A Discussion on Finding Beneficial Public Uses for Smart Meter Data

March 20, 2014 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
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In California, smart meter infrastructure was installed largely based on the expected payback from eliminating manual meter reading and support of real time pricing. However, the unprecedented spatial and temporal detail of the demand data recorded by the meters can be applied to a wide variety of problems in energy research, including energy efficiency, demand response, renewable energy integration, behavioral studies, and grid planning.

This talk will focus on the opportunities for public good presented by smart meter data (i.e. electricity, gas, and some day water). To motivate this topic, Sam will present content from his recently completed dissertation in Energy and Resources at UC Berkeley, in which he analyzed smart meter data from over 180,000 of PG&E's residential customers (e.g. he estimated previously unobserved housing stock and occupant characteristics) and worked through example applications with ramification for public policy and the planning, execution, and evaluation of energy efficiency and demand response programs. The talk will include content not found in Sam's recent ERG exit talk and will culminate in a group discussion.


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