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Introduction

  • Roberto Bonfigli
  • Stefano Squartini
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Part of the SpringerBriefs in Energy book series (BRIEFSENERGY)

Abstract

In the recent years, the public awareness on energy saving themes has been constantly increasing. Indeed, the consequences of global warming are now tangible and studies have demonstrated that they are directly related to human activities and their inefficient use of energy and natural resources. The response of governments and public institutions to counteract this trend is to promote policies for reducing energy waste and intelligently use natural resources. The electricity grid is a key component in this scenario: the original electromechanical grid, where the information flow was one-directional, is transforming into the new digital smart grid where the information flows from the energy provider to distributed sensors and generator stations and vice versa. Part of this change involves the integration of smart meters in the grid in order to provide detailed consumption information both to the consumers and to the energy provider.

Keywords

Energy awareness Smart grids Consumer Energy provider Non-intrusive load monitoring 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Roberto Bonfigli
    • 1
  • Stefano Squartini
    • 1
  1. 1.Marche Polytechnic UniversityVia Brecce Bianche 12Italy

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