Department Environmental Social Sciences

SCENE WP 6: Preferences of Swiss households for renewable energy supply systems and demand-side flexibility options

We study the willingness of Swiss households to invest in renewable-energy systems and to make energy demand more flexible.

This project is part of the Joint Initiative Swiss Center of Excellence on Net-Zero Emissions (SCENE). The project contributes to the Work Package 6, which analyses the coordinated deployment of flexibility options in light of the Swiss 2050 net-zero emissions target. In this work package the expertise of several established modelling teams across the ETH Domain are combined to perform an integrated model-based scenario analysis.

The future decarbonized energy system is expected to increasingly rely on electricity. This will require advanced flexibility mechanisms along the entire electricity supply chain as well as new technical solutions outside the electricity sector. Seasonal energy storage and demand-side flexibility measures that are acceptable to the consumers are needed to reduce stress on the power system and to reach the net-zero goal.

Our research team consisting of Eawag and WSL environmental and resource economists is responsible for investigating the preferences of consumers for new energy supply systems and the acceptance of demand-side flexibility options. In this context, we will conduct nation-wide surveys that help us to determine household’s preferences for energy efficiency and flexibility options. The survey results will be incorporated into the modeling framework, contributing to the integrated model-based scenario analysis with the goal of providing practical policy recommendations.

Project Team Eawag/WSL

Dr. Ivana Logar Group Leader, Cluster: EnvEco Tel. +41 58 765 5504 Send Mail

Prof. Dr. Roland Olschewski (WSL)

Tel: +41 44 739 2562