Demand Response & HAN

  • New planning, operational hurdles coming
  • Aug 28, 2013 | Ajit Tawde
    Energy traded like a commodity, and not just on power exchanges by large consumers & producers in megawatts, but by citizens in kilo watts scale.
  • Aug 21, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Demand response comes in many forms from consumer action to turn off pools pumps to efficiency options to the ability to shift load on the grid itself—essentially, it all comes down to movement of load off of a stressed area, whatever that area may be and however you can entice that movement. PJM gives us details of how they're moving customers through economic demand response.

  • Aug 19, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Jeremy Champlin, program manager with Entergy Arkansas, discusses the risks inherent to all energy efficiency programs and how you can overcome those risks, just as Entergy Arkansas did. (This is part two of a two-part series by Champlin.)

  • Aug 05, 2013 | Rafael Herzberg
    The demand response (DR) classical definition is changes in electric usage by end-use customers from their normal consumption patterns in response to changes in the price of electricity over time, or to incentive payments designed to induce lower electricity use at times of high wholesale market prices or when system reliability is jeopardized.
  • Jul 31, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis


    100-year-old Connecticut Light & Power (CL&P) is the largest electric utility in that tiny state, serving about 1.2 million customers. All those years of experience have taught CL&P a thing or two about crafting customer service programs, especially in the area of retro-commissioning. This is part two of a two-part series. (Link to part one included inside.)


  • Jun 17, 2013 | Sarah Battaglia
    So you have decided to enroll your facility in a demand response program. You understand that your organization will be protecting the electric grid from blackouts and brownouts during times of high demand, and you are aware of the revenue your organization will earn from this program. The only thing left to do is to work with your demand response provider and develop a successful reduction strategy to implement during an emergency event. Although each organization is different and will require a tailored plan, there are eight main strategies that prove to be effective for most facilities.
  • Jun 04, 2013 | Ronald Willoughby

    Today, technologies exist to change the conservation voltage regulation (CVR) operating paradigm. Pilot projects based on smart grid technologies and real-time operating systems show energy savings and demand reductions of 3% are possible.

  • Jun 02, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    There are almost a million ways to define a virtual power plant.  So, I’m going with a broad stroke: Using varied sources—from distributed generation to energy efficiency—to take the place of traditional fossil-fueled, heavy production power generation. In terms you and I understand, this means the big power plant you pass on country roads that looks, at night, lit up like a terrestrial constellation, will become less important to the power equation. Are we ready for that?

  • May 31, 2013 | Sarah Battaglia
    Demand response has become a popular program among a variety of different buildings and organizations. For years, utility companies have relied on this program to protect the electric grid in times of extreme demand. During peak hours, electricity consumption soars, making it difficult for utilities to supply a sufficient amount of power to all consumers. If it wasn't for demand response, many would be left in complete darkness. To top it off, those who participate will receive financial compensation for temporarily reducing their electricity during these peak hours. So, which organizations are ideal candidates for demand response?
  • May 20, 2013 | Marc Tannenbaum
    Demand Response (DR) in the Texas restructured market seems to be on verge of becoming the next big thing. Unfortunately, it has been on the verge of being the next big thing for quite a while. The mounting evidence, however, seems to support the democratization of DR by enabling technologies that address the greatest source of power reserves in the state: Peak Residential Demand.
  • May 19, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    In part one of this two-part article series, we discussed just what the heck the Green Button Initiative is: where it came from, where it’s going, what it’s made of (besides figurative green buttons). In this second part, we take an in-depth look at one particular utility’s use of Green Button, namely San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E). 

  • May 06, 2013 | John R. Johnson

    In part two of this two-part series on the evolving importance of demand response and energy efficiency, feature writer John R. Johnson delves into a case study with Austin Energy.

  • Apr 08, 2013 | Sarah Battaglia
    Is your facility struggling to pay its daily expenses? Maybe your organization is just looking for an additional source of income. In the midst of our nation's hard economic times, thousands of businesses are searching for an answer to their financial struggles. Participating in a demand response program will not only save your company money, but it will also supply it with that extra monetary cushion you've been searching for.
  • Mar 25, 2013 | Rasika Athawale
    In a world of hurricanes and super storms people are increasingly becoming aware of the need for a collective action towards a sustainable and clean future. Electricity generation (and consumption) is one of the major causes of greenhouse gas emissions and provides immense opportunities for innovation and improvements. One might wonder of the options that an electricity customer can have in order to contribute towards reduction of carbon footprint. It is here that 'Demand Response' comes into play.
  • Mar 11, 2013 | Sarah Battaglia
    Whether you are looking to track your facility’s energy consumption, or seeking a new form of revenue, chances are you have questions about participating in a demand response program.  You’ve heard that your business could get paid to temporarily reduce its electric usage, but how exactly does that work? 
  • Senior Systems Engineer Feras Karim of Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) will speak to government concerns, possible solutions, and successes in working toward sustainability at this year's Power Up Energy Expo, to be held at the Emerald Coast Convention Center in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., March 18-20.
  • Sensus, a leading utility infrastructure company today announced that its open standards-based FlexNet communication network has achieved MultiSpeak® 3.0 certification for interoperability with the popular iVUE® system from National Information Solutions Cooperative, or NISC®.
  • Hitachi Communication Technologies America, Inc. (Hitachi CTA) and Tendril® today announced that the companies are partnering to deliver a wide range of smart energy applications to consumers via an array of set-top boxes, wireless gateways and other devices that are already in the home. This dramatically improves the economics of home energy management by providing an economical and operational alternative to special-purpose gateways and other specialized hardware for each application used by the subscriber.
  • Minnesota utility director discusses what's available

    Jan 15, 2013 | Phil Carson

    Smartphone as life's remote control? Not so fast, readers say. Here's one municipal utility director's approach to finding devices that work for understanding home energy use and managing it.