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The Energy System Challenge... Supply & Demand Working Together : A Demand-Side Energy Trilemma

Turner, Karen and Katris, Antonios and Galloway, Stuart and Gill, Simon and Marchant, Ian and Carson, Jenny (2016) The Energy System Challenge... Supply & Demand Working Together : A Demand-Side Energy Trilemma. [Report]

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Abstract

The well known Energy Trilemma provides a useful framework for considering the three main broad objectives of energy policy, and the trade-offs involved in trying to address them all. It is however inherently supply focused with attention focused on what energy industry can do. What is missing is a focus on the individual needs and choices that form the demand side of the energy problem. We therefore propose the introduction of a demand side trilemma, which considers and illustrates the main drivers of the consumers' decisions regarding energy consumption.