Demand Response & HAN

  • Farmers reap savings with irrigation load control

    Aug 10, 2015 | Ginger Juhl

    For Noble REMC, irrigation load rose dramatically between 2006 and 2014, when the number of irrigation systems powered by the cooperative jumped an average of 17 percent each year. 

  • Jul 06, 2015 | Guest Writer

    Energy consultant Bob Borlick responds to Jack Ellis' article last week on "Why FERC Order 745 no longer matters."

  • Jun 30, 2015 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Jack Ellis reveals: "The Supreme Court’s announcement that it will hear arguments on FERC Order 745 is less significant than it appears for most of the country, and it is largely meaningless for California."

  • May 04, 2015 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    The U.S. Supreme Court announced it will review a lower court decision that had erected a major roadblock to using demand response. Allison Clements with the NRDC takes a look at what this could mean. 

  • Jan 07, 2015 | Jessica Kennedy
    Demand response is making national news thanks to some disconcerted utilities and a New Mexico senator. Utilities, including FirstEnergy and several New England generators, are petitioning the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to eliminate demand response as a resource in capacity energy markets.
  • Jan 06, 2015 | Wayne M. Kovach
    A recent article explores the expectations for what the "next big thing" will be in the energy industry. The piece discusses how not one person in attendance at a recent energy conference could have guessed ten years ago that shale gas would be such a significant aspect of today's energy industry. This led to the question, "What is the next shale gas?"
  • Oct 30, 2014 | Katia Lundy
    Imagine getting paid, or otherwise compensated, for not using energy! It's a reality these days, and it's known as demand response. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission defines demand response as "actions voluntarily taken by a consumer to adjust the amount or timing of his energy consumption."
  • Oct 01, 2014 | Wayne M. Kovach
    I'd venture to say that many, if not most, things in life are not planned and happen beyond our control. Education, relationships, families, and vocation occupy the majority of our lives. Some plans work out, and some don't. That rule applies to me. I started my career as a graphic designer, and now I work for a demand response company. It's best not to question these changes, but embrace them.
  • Sep 16, 2014 | Sarah Battaglia
    If you've participated in a demand response (DR) event before, you probably have a reduction strategy already in place. But what if you're forgetting something? What if there are more ways to reduce energy and get an ever larger payment?
  • Sep 02, 2014 | Matt Smith
    Demand Response (DR) has become a strategic program for many utilities in recent years for several reasons, including cost-effective peak load management and the opportunity to build stronger customer relationships by offering money saving programs. The choice of the network on which to run DR programs plays a major factor in operating efficiency, program effectiveness and customer satisfaction.
  • Jul 23, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Michael Panfil, an attorney working with the Environmental Defense Fund, examines what a rehearing on the fate of FERC Order 745 could mean and what's at stake for utilities and consumers in this on-going legal battle.

  • Jul 08, 2014 | Rémy Garaude Verdier

    Rémy Garaude Verdier,GRID4EU's project coordinator, discusses the Nice example of grid projects that bring companies, utilities and industrial participants together.

  • Jul 03, 2014 | Will Fadrhonc
    Demand response (DR) is critical for reducing peak demand on the grid and, at the same time, avoiding system emergencies. When delivered via behind-the-meter energy storage, DR can play an even more significant role in improving reliability and reducing system cost.
  • Jun 17, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Recently, this muni has moved its conservation focus to a more personal customer front, pushing energy services out to niched users that would allow them to specifically understand narrow areas of consumption. For this issue of our popular Utility2Utility series, we spoke with Lars Henrikson, senior planning and development specialist with the utility on the reasoning behind these new service offerings.

  • Jun 11, 2014 | Howard Ng
    In April, I published the first of a series of articles in which comparing the various communications options for demand response (DR) programs. In this first installment of the series, I shared my perspective on advanced metering infrastructure (AMI). Though AMI is an important element of the infrastructure of a smarter grid, many utilities find that it isn't the ideal network protocol to run responsive, flexible, and richly functional DR programs.
  • Jun 03, 2014 | Howard Ng
    In a recent article, I discussed the strengths and weaknesses of a ZigBee-based advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) system for demand response (DR). In the second installment of this series, I will be exploring an alternative communication option for DR that offers more benefits and fewer disadvantages: a ZigBee broadband gateway.
  • May 27, 2014 | Jill K. Cliburn

    While high-profile innovators like Tesla Motors, Solar City, and even GE’s big-wind division are touting battery storage as the holy grail of renewable energy integration, a group of small utilities on the northeast Canadian coast has demonstrated a readily available approach to wind integration that comes in at a fraction of the cost of batteries today.

  • May 27, 2014 | Wayne M. Kovach
    Always thought to be the more controversial side of demand response (DR) and energy management plans, the idea of utilities and energy companies employing residential demand response programs in the near future is gaining traction. Though there is a small segment of the energy industry that sees this as a futile attempt, more and more people understand the benefits of this tougher, but beneficial energy efficient resource.
  • May 24, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    For this issue of our Utility2Utility article series, we spoke with Angel Anderson, web portal and demand response (DR) project manager about residential DR, smart grid planning and advanced metering for the utility.