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Public Awareness and Consumer Acceptance of Smart Meters among Polish Social Media Users

Department of Operations Research, Faculty of Computer Science and Management, Wroclaw University of Science and Technology, Wyb. Wyspianskiego 27, 50-370 Wroclaw, Poland
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Energies 2019, 12(14), 2759; https://doi.org/10.3390/en12142759
Received: 17 May 2019 / Revised: 24 June 2019 / Accepted: 9 July 2019 / Published: 18 July 2019
(This article belongs to the Section Sustainable Energy)
Both people and things are becoming smarter by the day. Industrial evolution at the peak of the 4.0 phase and indications of 5.0 phase are fascinating. In these circumstances, fulfilling the demand for energy is a challenge faced by countries all over the world. Upgrading the current energy distribution systems with smart grids and smart meters are steps towards facing this challenge, especially for Poland, which is primarily relying on conventional sources of energy. For any innovation or new technology, creating public awareness and consumer acceptance enhances the chance for a fruitful deployment. To achieve this, various communication channels are adopted and social media is found to be one of the most effective tools for it. This study discusses the awareness level and consumer acceptance of social media users in Poland. The source through which they receive information regarding electricity in general and smart meters (SM) in particular and their preferences and willingness about the installation of SM under various conditions are discussed in detail. Findings show that there is low level of public awareness among the respondents which causes them to develop myths, fears and doubts about SM installation in their households. More effort is required from the government as well as from the energy companies in order to increase the public awareness which will result in an increase in consumer acceptance. Based on the results, the article also contains recommendations that can be used by governments as well as energy companies to create a positive feeling about SM to affect consumer behavior. View Full-Text
Keywords: smart meters; public awareness; social acceptance; knowledge; consumers; social media; Facebook smart meters; public awareness; social acceptance; knowledge; consumers; social media; Facebook
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Chawla, Y.; Kowalska-Pyzalska, A. Public Awareness and Consumer Acceptance of Smart Meters among Polish Social Media Users. Energies 2019, 12, 2759.

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