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Digitalisation of the Energy System: the Key Role of Internet-Connected Devices

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Energy efficiency is changing, with new digital technologies enabling greater control, optimisation and analytics. New policies and new business models will greatly enhance end-use and systems efficiency.


A topic of fast-growing interest to member countries and partners, the IEA has embarked on a cross-agency initiative – Modernising Energy Efficiency through Digitalisation – to explore the potential impacts of digitalisation on energy efficiency and the implications for policy makers. We are developing an analytic framework for assessing impacts and undertaking deep dive research on key topics.


We have also built a resource library on the global exchange for energy efficiency, and organised a series of thematic events to facilitate stakeholder engagement and exchange of best practices.


This webinar is the third in a series on the topic of digitalisation and energy efficiency. The first webinar featured guest speaker David Nemtzow from the US Department of Energy Building Technologies Office presenting on the Grid-interactive Efficient Buildings Program, and the second webinar was presented by DENEFF (the German Business Initiative for Energy Efficiency) and focused on the application and impact of digital technologies on industrial energy efficiency. This third webinar was presented by the Electronic Devices and Networks Annex (EDNA) of the IEA’s Technology Collaboration Programme on Energy Efficient End-Use Equipment (4E), and covered the role for connected devices in intelligent efficiency. Our fourth webinar will be presented by the Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN), covering the role of digital energy efficiency in managing electricity networks. Subsequent webinars will feature other initiatives and case studies from around the world.


Digitalisation of the Energy System: the Key Role of Internet-Connected Devices


Connecting everyday, internet-connected devices can have profound implications for energy use. Connected devices can participate in new kinds of digital ecosystems: systems of connected devices can be managed intelligently to save energy, within a building or even within a city. Within an electricity grid, connected devices can be controlled to match the variable loads generated by renewables. However, good policy is required to derive the best outcomes, and to ensure that the “energy cost” of connectivity is minimised.


This webinar will be presented by the Electronic Devices and Networks Annex (EDNA) of the IEA’s Technology Collaboration Programme (TCP) on Energy Efficient End-Use Equipment (4E). It will cover the role for connected devices in intelligent efficiency and advanced demand response ecosystems. 




Steven Beletich is the principal of Beletich Associates, the Operating Agent for the Electronic Devices and Networks Annex (EDNA) of IEA 4E. For the past 19 years, he has provided invaluable advice to governments, energy utilities and the private sector to ensure that their energy efficiency initiatives achieve results.


You can now access the webinar recording here.

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