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The Character of Eco-Feedback Systems for Energy Communities

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Energy communities are emerging around Europe with a vision to transition the traditional centralised energy system to one where individual households can collaborate to become energy producers. Although the vision of energy communities is still in a formative stage, it seems members of such organisations will need digital technology to manage and organise renewable energy together. The design of eco-feedback designs appears as a digital means to create awareness of this need. Yet, until recently, eco-feedback has been designed to target the individual householder. The research presented in this paper aims to identify design characteristics of eco-feedback systems aimed at collaborative energy communities. We explore two different concept designs that are evaluated in a focus group session with prospective energy community members to establish design characteristics. The findings show that participants not only identified characteristics related to different eco-feedback design characters but also identified a set of properties related to the collaborative and social nature of the community.


Peña, Èlia Gil; Jensen, Rikke Hagensby (2023): The Character of Eco-Feedback Systems for Energy Communities. Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Communities and Technologies. DOI: 10.1145/3593743.3593783. New York, NY, USA: Association for Computing Machinery. pp. 203–214. Lahti, Finland