Infoscience

Conference paper

Consumer Segmentation and Knowledge Extraction from Smart Meter and Survey Data

Many electricity suppliers around the world are deploying smart meters to gather fine-grained spatiotemporal consumption data and to effectively manage the collective demand of their consumer base. In this paper, we introduce a structured framework and a discriminative index that can be used to segment the consumption data along multiple contextual dimensions such as locations, communities, seasons, weather patterns, holidays, etc. The generated segments can enable various higher-level applications such as usagespecific tariff structures, theft detection, consumer-specific demand response programs, etc. Our framework is also able to track consumers' behavioral changes, evaluate different temporal aggregations, and identify main characteristics which define a cluster.

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