As part of a multi-million dollar demonstration of smart grid technology, Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) sought to understand how consumers react to smart meter-enabled demand-response pricing models. NEDO partnered with Toshiba International and the Los Alamos County Department of Public Utilities (DPU) to conduct research studies that would test various options via smart meter technology.
Marketwave was recruited by Toshiba to conduct education, outreach and (in some cases) implementation surrounding these research studies. Specifically, Marketwave led efforts to:
Marketwave’s extensive experience with smart meter technology enabled a swift roll-out of awareness messaging to facilitate a condensed timeline prior to the first study’s launch. In tandem with this informational campaign, Marketwave and DPU enhanced existing smart meter benefits messaging and invited eligible households to participate in an incentive-based research study.
Using primarily grassroots outreach strategies, the campaign employed messaging that resonated with Los Alamos residents – high-income, highly-educated consumers with science and engineering backgrounds. Communications were delivered under the banner of the Los Alamos DPU to leverage the strong brand of the municipal utility, and included direct mail (letters and postcards), advertisements and flyers.