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Title: Unlocking the potential of smart grid technologies with behavioral science

Smart grid systems aim to provide a more stable and adaptable electricity infrastructure, and to maximize energy efficiency. Grid-linked technologies vary widely in form and function, but generally share common potentials: to reduce energy consumption via efficiency and/or curtailment, to shift use to off-peak times of day, and to enable distributed storage and generation options. Although end users are central players in these systems, they are sometimes not central considerations in technology or program design, and in some cases, their motivations for participating in such systems are not fully appreciated. Behavioral science can be instrumental in engaging end-users and maximizing the impact of smart grid technologies. In this study, we present emerging technologies made possible by a smart grid infrastructure, and for each we highlight ways in which behavioral science can be applied to enhance their impact on energy savings.
 [1] ;  [2]
  1. Univ. of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA (United States)
  2. California State Univ. San Marcos, San Marcos, CA (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
Report Number(s):
Journal ID: ISSN 1664-1078
Grant/Contract Number:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Frontiers in Psychology
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 6; Journal ID: ISSN 1664-1078
Frontiers Research Foundation
Research Org:
City of Los Angeles, CA (United States). Dept. of Water and Power
Sponsoring Org:
Country of Publication:
United States
32 ENERGY CONSERVATION, CONSUMPTION, AND UTILIZATION smart grid; energy conservation; energy efficiency; behavioral science; human factors; technology adoption