Dec
20

DEHEMS Project Closes July 2011

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The DEHEMS project officially closed on 31st July 2011.  The DEHEMS website and the full content of the site will remain available until 30th September 2013.  For any enquiries about the project, contact the project management office.

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Dec
20

Data and Code Repository Information

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The foreground from the project is available in a number of repositories.  This includes both the code and the data generated by the project.  Note that for the data, all identifying information has been removed from the data. These will be maintained for two years (Sept 2011- September 2013).

  • Carbon Trading / Energy Team Challenge.
  • DEHEMS Website Coding
  • Semantic web – appliance ontology.
  • Database benchmarking framework – sensor-data storage.
  • Processed data
  • Thermal model identification
  • Hypertable Distributed DBMS

Full details are available from the D1.3 Project Final Evaluation Report

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Aug
16

New Project Report

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Screen shot 2011-08-16 at 14.16.51DEHEMS has published its report for “citizens”.  The report explains the work of the project over the last three years. We are excited by what we have achieved and we hope you will be as you read about it. This report offers an insight and overview. It is also available in Romanian and will be shortly published in Bulgarian.  If you want more depth or technical information, the documents published by the project are available at www.dehems.eu/reports or www.dehems.eu/scientific-papers.

The Digital Environment Home Energy Management System is about how everyone can have a positive impact in protecting the planet by monitoring their energy consumption at home in order to reduce emissions of CO2 (Carbon Dioxide.). The project is about people. We began by interviewing over 1000 people in the UK and Bulgaria about their energy consumption. Many of them then joined the project to help us design the equipment that would help meet their needs in terms of monitoring the energy they consumed. The final goal being to enable people to reduce their household energy consumption and cut the cost of running their homes.  The project has become increasingly relevant to the lives of all of us. Energy prices have increased dramatically since we started work on DEHEMS in 2008 and it seems safe to assume that that this will continue in the long term.

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Aug
16

DEHEMS Feature – Metering International

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Metering InternationalEarlier this year, DEHEMS featured in Metering International. The magazine is a global leader in delivering utility metering, billing and customer management news to readers in over 200 countries worldwide. The magazine is published every quarter, in  and is a great resource for up-to-date information on the trends and developments in these industry sectors.

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BECA aims to help Europe meet GHG emission targetsby achieving a significant reduction of energy consumptionin European social housing.
Develop advanced ICT-based Resource Use
Awareness Services (RUAS) and Resource Management Services (RMS).
Provide and optimise RUAS and RMS solutions to social housing tenants and housing companies’ technical staff with feedback on energy consumption and energy system management.
Pilot and monitor the impact of BECA services on tenants’ resource use behaviour.

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BECA – Balanced European Conservation Approach – is an EU funded project  which started in January 2011 and aims to help Europe meet emission targets by achieving a significant reduction of energy consumption in European social housing. Building on existing services providing feedback on energy consumption to social housing tenants, BECA will develop, provide and pilot advanced ICT-based Resource Use Awareness Services (RUAS) and Resource Management Services (RMS).

18 organisations are cooperating in the project to provide these services directly to social housing tenants.

Pilots of BECA services are located at  in 7 countries: Örebro in Sweden; Manresa in Spain; Darmstadt in Germany; Torino in Italy; Havirov in the Czech Republic; Ruse in Bulgaria; Belgrade in Serbia;

For more details visit their website.

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Early this year the Sunday Times (UK) published an interesting article on energy consumption.  The article describes a visit to a home from an Energy Savings Trust advisor and explains the recommendations they suggest.

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A new book Greener Museums: sustainability, society and public engagement, explains how museums can help shape public opinion towards a more sustainable future. The book also examines the practical steps museums and cultural organisations can take to reduce their carbon footprint.  With case studies from leading institutions in the US, UK and around the world, this books also recognises that museums and cultural organisations need to work hard to find positive solutions to reduce and mitigate their environmental impact.

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May
19

Action Plan for Changing Consumer Behaviour

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This report develops activity undertaken by the Greater Manchester Low Carbon Economic Area (LCEA) Domestic Retrofit Behaviour Change Group which reports to the LCEA Core Strategy group and to the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities (AGMA) Environment Commission.
It considers how consumer behaviour can be influenced to reduce energy usage in the home. It outlines successful activity that has already taken place in consumer behavioural change highlighting the experience and knowledge of a range of practitioners in this field. The report showcases projects undertaken in Greater Manchester, the UK and Europe.
The report makes recommendations about steps which should be taken by policy makers and programme managers in Greater Manchester to progress consumer behavioural change. It recognises that there is no single prescription for achieving behaviour change and that a range of interventions, dependant on context, are required to be considered.

The Action Plan for Changing Consumer Behaviour (Jan 2011) was published following work  the Greater Manchester Low Carbon Economic Area (LCEA) Domestic Retrofit Behaviour Change Group.  The report looks at  consumer behaviour can be influenced to reduce energy usage in the home and gives examples of successful activity that has taken place in consumer behavioural change,  highlighting the experience and knowledge of a range of practitioners in this field. The report also showcases projects undertaken in Greater Manchester, the UK and Europe as well as making  recommending action for policy makers and programme managers. It recognises that there is no single prescription for achieving behaviour change and that a range of interventions, dependant on context, are required to be considered.

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Ofgem have released  their Response to Prospectus Consultation to the UK’s Smart Metering Implementation.  Last July, DECC and Ofgem published the Smart Metering Prospectus – setting out proposals on the key elements of a smart metering rollout and provided a basis to test those proposals and reach conclusions. This document sets out the conclusions.      The conclusions  cover areas as wide ranging as how the smart metering rollout will be organised and regulated, its speed, the technical specifications of meters and communications equipment, the role and establishment of the central body that will deal with communications to and from meters and the consumer experience that is so central to a successful rollout.

Last July, DECC and Ofgem published the Smart Metering Prospectus – setting out
proposals on the key elements of a smart metering rollout and provided a basis to
test those proposals and reach conclusions. This document sets out our conclusions.
We have reached this point as a result of the hard work that has been done since
July by all those involved. So I should like to record my gratitude for the crucial
contributions that individuals and organisations have made to this process including,
of course, Ofgem, which has managed the first phase of the Programme.
The conclusions set out here cover areas as wide ranging as how the smart metering
rollout will be organised and regulated, its speed, the technical specifications of
meters and communications equipment, the role and establishment of the central
body that will deal with communications to and from meters and the consumer
experience that is so central to a successful rollout.
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A European Smart Metering Forum along with a Smart Metering Update is scheduled for 21st & 22nd June 2011 in London, UK. Taking place over two days, the event will bring together senior decision makers from across the continent to discuss the smart metering future.

European Smart Metering Forum
The Third Energy Package provides for smart meters to be rolled out to 80% of consumers across the EU by 2020, and 100% by 2022. The scale of this roll-out will provide a number of key challenges and opportunities for electricity network operators, energy retailers and the metering industry. This one-day event will examine the major developments in metering across the EU.

Smart Metering Update
Last year’s event provided a forum for expert analysis of the smart metering programme thus far, with industry leaders and regulators outlining their aims for the coming year. At this year’s conference we will address the questions left unanswered by the upcoming response to the prospectus consultation alongside the ongoing discussions around the DCC, consumer engagement and implementing the roll out. 

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