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Demand response in the workplace: A field experiment

D. Llerena, B. Roussillon, S. Teyssier, P. Buckley, B. Delinchant, J. Ferrari, T. Laranjeira and F. Wurtz

Working Papers from Grenoble Applied Economics Laboratory (GAEL)

Abstract: To increase the share of intermittent renewable energy in our production mix, occupants of buildings can be called upon to lower, anticipate or postpone their consumption according to the network balance. This article presents a small-scale field experiment aimed at introducing demand response in the workplace. We test the impact of load-shedding signals assorted with incentives on energy consumption of workers in the tertiary sector. Two incentive schemes are tested: a honorary contest and a monetary tournament. The results show a reduction in workers’ power demand during the load-shedding periods when the incentives are based on the honorary contest. At the opposite, the monetary tournament where workers could win money according to their behavior seems to have had no impact. The results also suggest that few workers can be responsible for a large part of energy consumption while the building is partially automatically controlled.

Keywords: FLEXIBILITY; LOAD SHEDDING SIGNAL; WORKING PLACE; LIVING LAB. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C93 Q40 Q51 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-ene, nep-exp and nep-reg
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