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The nuclear catastrophe in Japan in March 2011 radically changed many preconceptions around the world about energy for the future. Before then, many countries with nuclear power plants sought a consta ...

The nuclear catastrophe in Japan in March 2011 radically changed many preconceptions around the world about energy for the future. Before then, many countries with nuclear power plants sought a constant or rising share of nuclear energy in the mix, while today the future of nuclear energy is unsettled. At the same time, the threat of climate change requires restrictions on the use of fossil fuels such as coal for electricity generation.

Develop adequate price incentives for end users.

Full demand management systems require a long time until they are implemented. Price incentives in combination with short-term monitoring of households’ electricity consumption can promote a more balanced use of electricity as well as energy efficiency. At the same time they are easy to implement and do not compromise consumer autonomy.

Pilot projects have shown that price differentials have to be sufficiently high to trigger a reaction from the consumer. Additionally, higher energy price levels would give an incentive to the consumer to save energy, which would support lower use of the grid in general.

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    Standardize regulation, communication protocols and metering equipment. In case of supra-national standardization, leave enough freedom to account for country-specific requirements.

    Standardize regulation, communication protocols and metering equipment. In case of supra-national standardization, leave enough freedom to account for country-specific requirements.

    Standardize regulation, communication protocols and metering equipment. In case of supra-national standardization, leave enough freedom to account for country-specific requirements.

    Polity
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    Develop nonmonetary incentives for end users, such as the visualization of energy and carbon savings, as well as reputation- based incentives.

    Develop nonmonetary incentives for end users, such as the visualization of energy and carbon savings, as well as reputation- based incentives.

    Develop nonmonetary incentives for end users, such as the visualization of energy and carbon savings, as well as reputation- based incentives.

    Polity, Academia, Business, Civil Society
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    Limit public financial support to solutions that are cost-effective and only realize projects if amortization of costs is ensured.

    Limit public financial support to solutions that are cost-effective and only realize projects if amortization of costs is ensured.

    Limit public financial support to solutions that are cost-effective and only realize projects if amortization of costs is ensured.

    Polity
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    Enforce the installation of smart meters not only in newly built houses, but also in already existing buildings.

    Enforce the installation of smart meters not only in newly built houses, but also in already existing buildings.

    Enforce the installation of smart meters not only in newly built houses, but also in already existing buildings.

    Polity, Business