Vital Energi to head Smarter Comparisons consortium

We will be leading the consortium which recently won an exciting £400,000 contract to perform exploratory research, user testing, data modelling and software development to identify and test innovative solutions to compare smart tariffs, such as time-of-use tariffs, export and electric vehicle tariffs.

Along with our partners we will investigate how domestic energy users approach tariff comparisons and switching through consumer research.  The consortium will engage across the sector, including energy suppliers, to ensure the solution considers all requirements.

The intention is to build a user centric solution, designed to meet the needs of energy customers no matter what their profile, or start point.  We will be heading the consortium which is also made up of

  • Hildebrand Technology (prototype delivery and smart meter data access)
  • davies+mckerr (consumer research)
  • Love Experience (user experience design)
  • The Carbon Trust and Imperial Consultants (subject and sector expertise)

The consortium will publish reports, open source code and technical guidance at the end of the project and hold events to disseminate the findings and the project is expected to be completed by March 2021.