Utility demand response programs provide financial incentive's to customers to reduce electricity consumption in response to power grid needs or economic pricing signals. Such programs increase the reliability of the power transmission grid, reduce CapEx investments in new generation capacity and peaking power plants, and avoid costly spot market energy purchases.
Automated demand response (ADR) programs enable businesses to leverage building control systems to automatically reduce energy consumption during peak pricing periods, enabling better management of energy costs without impact on their facilities team.
Emerging ADR standards such as Open Automated demand response (OpenADR) are having a positive impact on market acceptance of DR programs. Yet, confusion still reigns about what DR represents, how it is implemented and why anyone should care.
Demand response (DR) provides an opportunity for end-users to provide load relief during periods where energy consumption is high, prices are elevated, and/or macro or local grid conditions are stressed. End users are compensated for their participation through capacity and/or energy payments, and can receive other benefits such as energy monitoring as part of their participation.
Programs of this type have been around for decades, primarily as interruptible programs, but technological advances including the Internet, smart metering, and reduced cost control have reduced barriers to entry, and increased interest in demand-side management has lead to explosive growth in this market. The development and evolution of common standards such as OpenADR should help continue growth in this market.
This session will provide an overview of Automated Demand Response (ADR), the challenges faced by end-users, the aggregators and utilities that serve them, and the grid operators that administer and rely on DR as a resource. We will also focus on how these challenges are met today, as well as the technological and regulatory work underway to further grow this market in years to come.
Kate Rowland - Moderator
Intelligent Utility Magazine
Carl Besaw - Panelist
Southern California Edison
Jeremy Laundergan - Panelist
Director, Utility Services Consulting
Michael Manning - Panelist
Leigh Holmes - Panelist
Global Energy Partners, LLC
The multi-site commercial market including retail, restaurants, grocery stores, theaters and bank branches represents an estimated 12% of US peak load. Intensely cost conscious and ever-seeking economies of scale, multi-site chains offer a unique opportunity to improve energy efficiency and reduce consumption through automated demand response programs. That same bottom line laser focus also creates challenges – requiring solutions that provide multiple layers of control and visibility and high levels of security, while driving shed strategies that do not impact day-to-day operations and sales revenue. This panel will address a number of important questions, including:
•Why is ADR under served in the light commercial marketplace?
•Where was ADR implemented and did it work?
•Small commercial – under served marketplace/customer
Clay Collier - Moderator
Co-Founder & CEO
Jonathan Histed - Panelist
Sr Marketing Manager
Albert Chiu - Panelist
Lead Product Manager
Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Janie Page - Panelist
Scientific Engineering Associate
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Business models are rapidly changing to support the wide spread adoption of DR programs. The emergence of the OpenADR standard will result in dynamic changes to the way energy is sold and consumed. Many states are expected to follow California’s lead regarding the implementation of demand response programs and dynamic pricing tariffs to improve electric system reliability by reducing electricity consumption during peak periods. DR programs are being implemented across a broad cross section of customers, including commercial, industrial, and light commercial and residential. DR is expected to play a pivotal role in balancing the grid through the emergence of more distributed energy resources (DER), electric vehicle charging stations, and the limited ability to construct new power plants, This panel will discuss the present and future of DR programs, technologies and market opportunities.
Susan Covino - Panelist
Manager, Demand Response
Heart Akerson - Panelist
Michael Gravely - Panelist
Energy Systems Research Office Manager
California Energy Commission
Timothy Hirou - Panelist
Founder & CEO
Convergence Wireless, Inc.