How to Save Power: Information or Automation?
Monday, October 7
12:00PM - 1:00PM
Austin Convention Center MR 5ABC
Autogrid - CEO
Silver Spring Networks - Founder
Greentech Media - Sr Reporter
Austin Energy - Consulting Engineer, Policy Expert
How can you get consumers and businesses to curb energy? Utility executives, policy makers, startups and even global conglomerates have gnashed their teeth trying to solve this problem for decades. The problem is multifaceted. Energy is cheap. Even in Europe a kilowatt hour typically sells for less than 35 cents. And it's handy: few are willing to give up clothes dryers or air conditioning on a hot day. Grid power isn't easy to replace either: you can't just put a solar system up on your roof in the afternoon.
In the past few years, two schools of thought have developed: the "behavioralists" believe that consumers will reduce power consumption given the right information. By contrast the "automatons" believe that automation is the only way to get around short attention spans and the rapid decision making required. Early results show that both sides are right... and wrong.
- Event Type:
- Behavior Smart Grid AIA Continuing Education
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