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07 September 2018

HET16 End-users: The trigger to shape the European Energy System

How can end-users in the energy system be empowered?

 

This Hot Energy Topic (HET) sheds light on the issue, assuming that the end-user will be key to a successful European Energy Transition. We review the context, describe the process that we coin the "Societal Appropriation of energy", a four step process that leads to end-users steering this transformation of the energy system. We then identify some barriers that currently prevent end-users from being empowered and follow with further elaboration on the overall process to employ short-term and long-term measures in order to increase end-users’ awareness and understanding of how to fully participate in the transformation of the energy system. Societal Appropriation of energy is the process and end-result arising from “the appropriation of behaviour" that can lead to change in the overall energy system.

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