Bergen Energy Lab (BEL)
Half-Day Seminar

Energy, measurement and society

Are you curious about how energy is measured, interacts with the energy infrastructure or what it implies for the society? Then you should attend this half-day seminar on energy, measurement and society!

Electric Energy Meter

Main content

Energy is a basic physical property of any system, a universal characteristic. Its measurement makes it a fact that matters within society. Measuring energy, monitoring it, metering it, allows its specification in terms of generation, transmission, distribution, use, and conservation. Measurement also enables trade via energy markets and regulations via public policy. How measurement is structured and what energy infrastructure is used are closely related.

How society regards energy is also relevant for the nature of energy measurement. Is it a basic right or luxury (differential tariffs), a limited or inexhaustible resource, a public or private good (subsidies, taxes and quotas), a time-sensitive flow or a storable reserve?

During this half-day seminar on energy, measurement and society, we will hear from experts on several aspects of this topic, and reflect with them on some key linkages:

  • Why is it important to think about the how and why of energy measurement?
  • How does measurement interact with energy infrastructure at different scales (grid exchanges, smart meters)?
  • How does energy measurement vary over time (past/future) and space?
  • What do approaches to energy measurement imply for social objectives such as energy access and equity, and for environmental outcomes?

We feature an exciting speaker line-up to address these questions:

The seminar is free and open for all, but registration is mandatory.

Tentative schedule:




Arrival and mingling


Panel 1: Mr. Ylvisåker and Prof. Wolf


Chatter over coffee


Panel 2: Dr. Gouveia and Dr. Sareen


Closing remarks and networking lunch