Demand Response & HAN

  • Feb 25, 2014 | Kenneth Wacks, Ph.D.
    Power utilities may significantly reduce operating costs and increase grid reliability if appropriate pricing signals or event notices are sent to assist the balancing of power supply and demand. By sending regional prices to energy-consuming devices in the home, it is possible to leverage and optimize the inherent energy storage and/or ability of appliances to modify consumption (with user cooperation) in real-time.
  • Feb 11, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Tom Kerber, director, research, home controls and energy for Parks Associates, writes that "annual fees from utilities certainly create a significant incremental revenue opportunity for Nest and other smart thermostat vendors, but the really big money is on the horizon. "

  • Jan 21, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    James Moore, president of the Energy Research Council, discusses numbers from their new report on demand response.

  • Jan 14, 2014 | Chris Parratt

    Chris Parratt, general manager, energy solutions at ERM Power in Australia describes his company's approach to combine demand response with energy management tools, real-time metering and a web-based platform.

  • Dec 26, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    “Think of us as a kind of statewide utility that delivers Maine’s lowest cost energy resource, which is energy efficiency,” said Paul Badeau, director of communications with Efficiency Maine. 

  • Dec 15, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    When I was young—many eons ago, it seems—the phrase “bring your own” was attached to liquid libation. Today, it’s attached to your smart phone, your PC and even your thermostat—any tech “device.” And now the BYOD trend is coming home, potentially impacting utility customer programs.

  • Dec 11, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    David Eggart, Energy Select’s program manager at Gulf Power, discusses automated dynamic pricing programs with simple rate structures and pricing schemes that give customers flexibility in how they choose to curb their energy consumption. 

  • Pilot programs with Efficiency Maine tackle data, integration
  • Oct 07, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    The power industry has a reputation for stagnation: It’s an “old school” spot where things don’t change. Still, despite that reputation for being a lagging and lackluster industry that eschews pretty much everything new, progressive and shiny, that “old school” power industry is making some new school adjustments. That’s what this Sept/Oct issue of Intelligent Utility magazine is all about—what’s on the edge of the power industry these days: CVR, microgrids, retro-commissioning, analytics and much more. Dive in.

  • Oct 02, 2013 | Paul Kalv

    Paul D. Kalv, chief smart grid systems architect for Leesburg, FL, ran the numbers for his city and demand response (DR). Here's a look at his math and the city's DR plan.

  • The UK wakes up to demand-side response
  • 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.