Barriers to Responsive Appliances at Scale

Barriers to Responsive Appliances at Scale

  • Analysis and categorization of barriers to widespread deployment of smart appliances
  • Actions and policies to mitigate the barriers
  • Clarification of the needed decisions and processes

Paths to a robust market for responsive appliances

Previous papers and discussions have identified the nature and extent of the potential for consumer appliances that were capable of responding to grid conditions to enhance the reliability, stability, and security of the electric grid. Many of the technical issues involved in designing and building such appliances have been or are being resolved, and high-end appliances of various kinds are available that can communicate and respond to information from the external environment. However, barriers to the widespread availability, acceptance, and adoption of responsive appliances still exist.

This paper identifies some of the most prominent social, policy, and economic barriers to the widespread acceptance and adoption of responsive appliances in the marketplace. Based on these identified barriers, this paper proposes reasonable approaches to addressing them.

What’s in the report

  • 18 barriers, from the perspective of consumers, appliance manufacturers, utilities, electricity retailers, state regulators, federal regulators, and policymakers
  • Categorization of the barriers by common implied resolution: economic and markets, regulatory reform, education, and managing diversity
  • Next steps to lower, remove, or otherwise mitigate the identified barriers

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