Consumers Unwilling to Allow Electricity Suppliers to Remotely Limit Energy Use Without Significant Price Discount, Study Finds 

From the Accenture website: Consumers are not willing to allow electricity providers to remotely limit the use of their home appliances as part of electricity management plans without significant rate discounts, according to a report issued today by Accenture. The report also found that almost half of consumers would be deterred from joining electricity management programs if their electricity bills were to increase as a result. “Understanding Consumer Preferences in Energy Efficiency,” based on a global survey of more than 9,000 consumers in 17 countries, found that while some consumers are open to the idea of moving to electricity management plans — under which suppliers can actively help households use energy more efficiently through the remote limiting of when home appliances are used — they demand very large price discounts in return. Read more

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