Renewable energy intermittency challenges the stability of the electricity grid at a time when more aspects of daily life - mobility, cooking - are becoming electrified. 

'Smart grids' are heralded as comprehensive solution,  giving both utility providers and householders tools to manage a greener, affordable, and reliable energy grid.

But the smart grid transition as it is currently unfolding is shrouded in uncertainty.

How will the daily lives of householders change in the smart grid? What new energy practices will emerge or not emerge?

At the same time, what the smart grid is is, will, or can be, is not certain.

Can the smart grid empower people to creatively self- or co-organize sustainable lifestyles? Or will the detailed data flows empower utility providers with new tools of top-down influence and control?

Read more here about the premise and composition of the project, our specific interests, and the project partners. We also briefly introduce and reflect on the smart grid transition.

Introduction to the project ›

The research team consists of researchers from Wageningen University's Environmental Policy Group and Eindhoven University of Technology's Technology, Innovation & Society section.

Our people ›

What have we learned so far about energy practices in the smart grid? Our research output is available here in downloadabe form in the Documents section or in  links.

Results so far ›