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Structural analysis of final energy demand

07 May, 2021

Structural analysis of final energy demand

Jacopo Torriti

Research paper   Flexibility

Máté Lőrincz and Jacopo Torriti


Energy demand has significant impacts on carbon emissions and system costs and is triggered by what people do in their homes, at work and when they move around. Understanding the structure of energy demand involves analysis over individual behaviours related to energy, the structure of everyday life, how practices are sequenced throughout the day and how energy demand varies in time and space. Behavioural approaches can explain how individuals react to internal and external factors . Examples include how people respond to direct feedback (via smart meters) and change the structure of their load profiles. Additionally, social practices provide a consistent framework for understanding the structure of energy demand. This chapter provides a review of the key concepts underpinning both behavioural and social practice and a review of the empirical research on the structure of energy demand with specific reference to behavioural studies on smart metering and time use studies connecting people’s activities with load profiles.

Publication details

Lőrincz, M.J. and Torriti, J. 2021. Chapter 2 – Structural analysis of final energy demand. In: Handbook of Energy Economics and Policy, Rubino, A., Sapio, A and La Scala, M [eds]. Academic Press. pp 67–107. ISBN 9780128147122. doi: Opens in a new tab10.1016/B978-0-12-814712-2.00002-6

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