ELIH-med focuses its attention not only on energy efficiency improvement in LIH, but also tries to change the behavior and consumption patterns of tenants and owners of LIH; measures to modify energy behaviour will also be extensively explored and tested through a large scale experimentation of multi-energy smart meters.
The aim of the smart metering experiment is enabling an increase in energy efficiency by providing LIH consumers with information to help them change the behavior and reduce the amount of used energy.
The proposed experimentation plan for smart metering in LIH is putting consumers' interests at the front of the experiment. This involves education and engagement of consumers to better manage their energy use, to raise awareness and understanding of the benefits that smart metering is enabling.
Nature and frequency of interactions
Theoretically the nature and frequency of interactions with LIH users (monitoring) for a coordinated return of experience should be divided into four time periods. These can be distinguished as separate phases of smart metering experimentation including period before smart metering equipment installation, installation, monitoring period and the closure of experiment with evaluation of final data.
Phases of smart metering experimentation and interactions with LIH consumers will follow the ELIH Med project plan as shown below.
Thet first two periods were “key” phases of the implementation process while monitoring phase will include additional awareness campaigns.
A key event of the consumer experience of smart metering will be the installation visit, which will ensure consistent messages for end-consumers about what to expect and to help facilitate the longer-term behavioral change necessary to deliver project benefits. Suppliers of smart metering equipment will therefore be obliged, to provide consumers with information on how to benefit from their smart meters and to provide appropriate support to different social groups (through call for tender). Special attention should be to vulnerable consumers with customization regarding Age, Social status and Type of dwelling.
Interactions and stakeholders
Stakeholders involved in Smart Metering experiment included Equipment Suppliers, Utilities, Installers, ELIH Med specific woring groupes' coordinators, TMG and PPCG.
The PPCG also played a key role in the monitoring and evaluation stages of the project. PPCG included social workers and civil servants with experience in working area where the pilot project took place, local groups and associations and social landlords. And it should also include the following key actors: Representatives of Local authorities (Municipality, local energy agency, etc.), Local associations and NGOs committed with energy poverty.
Non Low-Income dwellings in Slovenia took part in ELIH-Med Smart Metering experimentation, however, all the SM pilot action was coordinated by Slovenia partner.
As good practices, the summary of the experimentation plan on partners’ territory for smart metering in LIH and the smart meter selection criteria are downloadable.
ELIH-Med capitalisation activities were framed in general by the
EU2020 strategy and the discussions about the next programming period priorities. They tried to fit with the pan-European objectives and also to constitute inputs for the 2014-2020 operational programs.
The two main outcomings of ELIH-Med capitalisation activity are Policy Paper and Ljubljana Declaration.
Since the beginning of the project (April 2011), ELIH-Med has associated with another MED strategic project dealing with energy efficiency in buildings, MARIE
, in order to have a common message to deliver to policy-maker. The main outcome of this joint capitalisation process is a Policy Paper
aiming to improve Med transnational cooperation answers to energy efficiency challenges in buildings. PROFORBIOMED
project has joint the process, and a cooperation agreement between the three projects was signed in November 2012.
On 23rd and 24th October 2013, the annual event of the MED Programme was held in Lisbon. On the occasion, the Ljubljana Declaration was signed jointly by the lead partners of the 3 strategy MED projects - ELIH–Med, Marie & PROFORBIOMED.
The targets of the Declaration are:
- European Institutions: European Commission, European Parliament, CoR
- Mediterranean member States
- Regional and Local Governments
- Management Authorities of EU Programs
- Network of regional and local authorities: CAT-MED platform, Covenant of Mayors
Specific proposals have been worked out for each target group.
Refurbishment project managers , Public authorities, Policy makers