Measuring Indirect of Flexibility

Last registered on January 23, 2023


Trial Information

General Information

Measuring Indirect of Flexibility
Initial registration date
January 17, 2023

Initial registration date is when the trial was registered.

It corresponds to when the registration was submitted to the Registry to be reviewed for publication.

First published
January 23, 2023, 6:14 AM EST

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PI Affiliation
University Grenoble Alpes
PI Affiliation
University Grenoble Alpes
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Additional Trial Information

In development
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Prior work
This trial does not extend or rely on any prior RCTs.
A demand response program is a promising tool to increase the share of intermittent renewable energy in the electricity production mix. It requires that households adapt their energy consumption to the level of energy production in order to balance the grid, i.e., decrease (increase) their consumption during peak load (peak energy production) event. However, energy conservation efforts suffer from many cognitive biases that impede the optimization of electricity consumption and thus demand flexibility.
This project presents a randomized field experiment aimed at introducing demand response with nonmonetary incentives coupled by a set of nudges addressing these cognitive biases. Our tested nudges are cheap, easy to implement.
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Registration Citation

Fadhuile, Adelaïde et al. 2023. "Measuring Indirect of Flexibility ." AEA RCT Registry. January 23.
Experimental Details


Our intervention consist in : i) a noneconomic incentive scheme ii) a commitment device ii) a system of alerts (text message). The system of alert can be understand zs a repeated stimulus over time.
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Primary Outcomes

Primary Outcomes (end points)
electricity consumption (reaction to the intervention)
Number of committed actions
Ambiguity aversion

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Secondary Outcomes

Secondary Outcomes (end points)
questionnaire on preferences, especially ambiguity aversion
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)

Experimental Design

Experimental Design
2 treated groups and one control group.
The experiment will start at the end of january 2023 to the april 2024

Control group will receive the information available in France about the state of the grid and the necessity to make conservation effort

Treated groups : will receive supplémentary information (including a short video) about the grid management and the necessity to act in order to avoid the electrical shut down or to consume "green" energy produced within the day.

Experimental Design Details
Not available
Randomization Method
Participants are randomnly assigned according to their day of birth.
Randomization Unit
Was the treatment clustered?

Experiment Characteristics

Sample size: planned number of clusters
Sample size: planned number of observations
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
20% control group
40% treatment 1
40% treatment 2
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)

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