Designing anthropological reflection within an energy company

Louise Løgstrup, Maren Melissa Nelson-Burk, Wafa Said Moshleh, Wendy Gunn

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The move towards a more liberalized energy market and the emergent smart grid technology has forced a Scandinavian energy company to begin rethinking the relation between themselves and private energy end users. Originally a unidirectional relationship, the present and future have potential for a more bidirectional relationship between the company and their customers. During this process the company has realized that they lack knowledge about private energy end users. The company has run a demonstration project simulating the face of the electricity smart grid in private households and has used ethnographic methods to investigate the system effect of private households’ participation. Our paper questions why this kind of approach is reproducing the unidirectional relationship instead of creating a bidirectional relationship. We propose an extension of the ethnographic approach whereby anthropological reflection is generated in the company through a flexible tangible scenario model of the bidirectional connection between the energy company and the users.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEPIC 2013 Proceedings
PublisherAmerican Anthropological Association
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-931303-21-7
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes

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