Energy Transitions

Demand anticipation and management

Many institutions work to facilitate a transition toward more sustainable, efficient and affordable energy systems. They predominantly focus on the supply side. As a result, although it is widely acknowledged that acting on the demand side also provides opportunities for the overall improvement of the long-term energy sustainability, instruments and processes for robust demand-side management have received less attention.

In 2014-2015 IRGC organised a collaborative project work entitled “Energy Transitions: Demand Anticipation and Consumer Behaviour” under the auspices of its scientific partners, the Helmholtz Alliance Energy-Trans, the Center for Climate and Energy Decision Making (CEDM) at the Department of Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University, and the Energy Center (CEN) of the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). A project description is available here (pdf).



IRGC explored the opportunities and challenges of managing transitions at the technical, behavioural and governance levels, taking into account long-term energy demand uncertainties. The overarching goal of the project was to provide recommendations that help policy makers and private sector craft and implement robust policies to unlock opportunities afforded by the demand-side equation of the energy transition.



Demand Anticipation: Improving methods to assess future energy demand (2014-2015)

Demand Response: Opportunities and challenges (2015-2016)



Demand Anticipation: Improving Methods to Assess Future Energy Demand

9-10 October 2014

More information is available here.


Demand Response: Challenges and Opportunities in the Context of Energy Transitions

10-11 September 2015

In collaboration with the EPFL Energy Center, IRGC hosted a public conference on the “Challenges and Opportunities of Demand Response in the Context of Energy Transitions.” The conference was followed by an expert invitational workshop on “Risk Governance of Demand Response”

More information is available here.


Project Contact

Marcel Bürkler