AgentSwitch: towards smart electricity tariff selection

Ramchurn, Sarvapali, Osborne, Michael, Parson, Oliver, Rahwan, Talal, Maleki, Sasan, Reece, Steve, Huynh, Trung Dong, Alam, Muddasser, Fischer, Joel, Rodden, Tom, Moreau, Luc and Roberts, Sephen (2013) AgentSwitch: towards smart electricity tariff selection At 12th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS 2013), United States. 06 - 10 May 2013. 8 pp.


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In this paper, we present AgentSwitch, a prototype agent-based platform to solve the electricity tariff selection problem. AgentSwitch incorporates novel algorithms to make predictions of hourly energy usage as well as detect (and suggest to the user) deferrable loads that could be shifted to off-peak times to maximise savings. To take advantage of group discounts from energy retailers, we develop a new scalable collective energy purchasing mechanism, based on the Shapley value, that ensures individual members of a collective (interacting through AgentSwitch) fairly share the discounts. To demonstrate the effectiveness of our algorithms we empirically evaluate them individually on real-world data (with up to 3000 homes in the UK) and show that they outperform the state of the art in their domains. Finally, to ensure individual components are accountable in providing recommendations, we provide a novel provenance-tracking service to record the ?ow of data in the system, and therefore provide users with a means of checking the provenance of suggestions from AgentSwitch and assess their

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Venue - Dates: 12th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS 2013), United States, 2013-05-06 - 2013-05-10
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Keywords: electricity, smart grid, optimisation, group buying, provenance, recommender systems
Subjects: T Technology > T Technology (General)
Organisations: Electronics & Computer Science
ePrint ID: 349815
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8 May 2013e-pub ahead of print
Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2013 09:44
Last Modified: 23 Feb 2017 04:20
Funded by: EPSRC (EP/I011587/1)
Led by: Nick Jennings
1 January 2011 to 31 December 2015
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