Case study

Using smart meter data to enable energy demand research

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Author: Simon Elam, Louise Corti, University of Essex, UK Data Service

Date: 22 November 2017

Type of case study: Research

About the research

Access to high quality, high resolution energy data is critical for research, especially into demand for energy – yet the sector has a severe lack of collected, curated and shared data. Smart meters can fill this gap with high quality, high resolution information about  energy consumption which has never existed before on a national scale. Such data will make it possible to carry out better research to support government policy, and to help find answers to the energy ‘trilemma’ – security, affordability and sustainability – and facilitate the transition to a smart energy system in the UK.

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