The Ecodesign Preparatory Study on Smart Appliances (Lot 33) has just published its final report on Tasks 1-6. Task 7 will be the policy and scenario analysis.
As we have previously reported this has been a diffuse and ever-changing discussion. The Study began with a rather vague idea of what “smart” should mean and has tried to identify how to promote functionality that would facilitate demand-side flexibility. They are now looking at how to design policy actions that would make this happen and are also working on economic modelling.
The report concludes that issue of interoperability has proven to be more complicated than first thought. It has also been argued that charging for electric cars needs to be incorporated into any strategy for managing demand for energy.
To see the report in full please visit the project website.