For the past decade, a major focus of our work at Sustainability First has been on the GB energy demand-side. We see this as a basic building block for a more sustainable energy future. Our initial interest led to pioneering work with a strong consumer focus on household smart meters and household tariffs, on the vulnerable and fuel-poor, on energy efficiency, and on energy demand reduction.
In 2010, our thinking turned more explicitly to the GB electricity demand-side: in particular, to the economic, commercial, policy, regulatory and customer and consumer aspects. At the time, these issues stood out as being poorly understood and in need of practical analysis and solutions, for the energy system to modernise and to decarbonise in an affordable way, while retaining supply security. This thinking led to our ground-breaking multi-party three-year project on the GB Electricity Demand-Side, co-ordinated through our Smart Demand Forum. The project completed in late 2014. More about the project - 'GB Electricity Demand - realising the resource' and the thirteen published project papers can be found here.
Sustainability First’s active interest in customers and consumers and in efficient ways to unlock the GB electricity demand-side - including through 'smart' innovation - continues as a central driver for much of our project work. This includes our collaborations with:
Sustainability First is proud to bring significant practical insight and new thinking to the GB policies and measures needed to develop a smart sustainable energy demand-side.