Energy Demand Research Project

The Energy Demand Research Project (EDRP) was a suite of large scale trials across Great Britain. The aim was to understand how consumers react to improved information about their energy consumption over the long term. The EDRP trailed a range of methods of providing customers with improved feedback on their energy consumption, including:

  • smart electricity and gas meters
  • real-time display devices, which show energy use in pounds and pence
  • more accurate and more frequent bills
  • energy saving information
  • community engagement.

The trials were made up of different combinations of these actions and explored the responses of over 50,000 different households. Four energy suppliers ran the trials: EDF Energy, E.ON, Scottish Power and Scottish and Southern Energy. Ofgem oversaw the trials on behalf of the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).

The trials began in 2007 and finished at the end of 2010. Independent analysis of the final data from the trials was carried out by consultancy Aecom.

 

Publications and updates

  • Published: 11th Jul 2011
  • Other
  • 1 Associated documents
Bulletin concerning Ofgem's work on consumer protection, smart metering and understanding behaviour change.

  • Published: 23rd Jun 2011
  • Reports & plans
  • 7 Associated documents
This report is the final, independent analysis of the Energy Demand Research Project trials.

  • Published: 20th Dec 2010
  • Reports & plans
  • 2 Associated documents
This is the fifth progress report for the Energy Demand Research Project. It sets out some of the lessons learnt from the trial so far and our plans for the final analysis.

  • Published: 22nd Mar 2010
  • Reports & plans
  • 5 Associated documents
This is the fourth progress report for the Energy Demand Research Project, published in March 2010, and outlines the work that was carried out from March 2009 to September 2009.

  • Published: 28th Sep 2009
  • Reports & plans
  • 1 Associated documents
This document outlines the progress of the Energy Demand Research Project from start until March 2009.

  • Published: 27th Mar 2009
  • Reports & plans
  • 1 Associated documents
This document outlines the progress of the Energy Demand Research Project from start until August 2008.

  • Published: 5th Mar 2009
  • Reports & plans
  • 3 Associated documents
This report summarises the monitoring results from a two-year pilot test of Smart Meters in London (Warm Plan). The test pilot finished in April 2008. This pilot was funded by the Energy Saving Trust.

  • Published: 1st Aug 2008
  • Reports & plans
  • 1 Associated documents
This document outlines the progress of the Energy Demand Research Project from start until June 2008.

  • Published: 15th Sep 2006
  • Other
  • 6 Associated documents
Energy Demand Reduction Pilot - 6 September Workshop proceedings.