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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.

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

Uniform standards have the potential to reduce implementation costs and facilitate the provision of “smart services.” These services, such as the visualization of different electricity price levels or even direct demand management, provide extra benefit for and acceptance by the end user.

Standards should also be harmonized on the supra-national level to the extent of a smallest common denominator. Since challenges vary greatly between countries, local requirements have to be taken into account. This supports the development of adequate business models and allows the concrete implementation of the abstract concept of a “smart electricity system.”

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    Develop adequate price incentives for end users.

    Develop adequate price incentives for end users.

    Develop adequate price incentives for end users.

    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