What is DR and why is so important?

Demand Response or frequently used as DR, is the voluntary reduction or shift of electricity use by end-users, which can help to keep a power grid stable by balancing its supply and demand of electricity. Nowadays many people share similar energy consumption habits, they use their devices during the same time frames of the day, and this generates a specific peak of energy demand within the existing infrastructure.

End-user Engagement potential for DR is not yet fully develop and there are various ICT solutions that can invoke and generate efficient and sustainable energy practices, or the use of some appliances can, for instance, accommodate new energy systems with local renewable energies that are available at specific times.

Why the end user is important?

The goal of HESTIA is to encourage and help end-users optimize the way they use energy so that it is more efficient, flexible, and beneficial in terms of both monthly expenditure and for environment.

HESTIA will deploy various efforts and technological proposals focused on developing a platform that will encourage end-users to streamline energy use.

Three pilot sites already implemented in residential areas in France, Italy, and the Netherlands will allow to determine and analyse end-users’ energy habits and thus understand their preferences and needs when using energy and its infrastructure.

Social Innovation

One of HESTIA’s most novel contributions is that it will lead to not only technical development but also innovation in social practices. HESTIA approaches the debate on the future of energy from a holistic point of view and turns the end-user into the main stakeholder in the energy sector. This means end-user can modify her/his energy-related practices, become a producer, participate and establish new energy policies, manage the infrastructure, and ultimately play a key role, which shifts the energy management paradigm.

The consumer is at the center of transformation.

HESTIA creates a methodology that involves society, in which end-users commit to sustainable daily or weekly practices and responsibility, assisted by technological tools that will help them exercise this new role in an open market.

One of the goals of HESTIA is to motivate end-users to be active prosumers and participants, which is why residents where the pilot projects were implemented are already involved in designing solutions through participatory processes.

New services, new procedures and new tools are necessary to ensure end-users are engaged to effectively integrate demand flexibility of residents into the power system.

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HESTIA plans to organize during the upcoming 36 months many different events, surveys, interviews, workshops, virtual household interactions, storytelling methods, online quizzes and participatory co-design processes, so we are inviting you to subscribe to our newsletter, follow our social media channels and stay connected in order to be able to participate.