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German Demand Response: Almost Ready for Prime Time

April 16, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

When the wind blows and the sun shines in Germany, electricity prices in the country plummet. Natural gas peaker plants are not needed, as the peaks are erased and they cannot compete with renewables. But the grid still needs a lot of balancing resources during times that renewables dominate.[read more]

Demand Response Value Isn't Just About Capacity, Study Finds

April 6, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

Demand Response and Capacity

It's well known that the use of load shifting can often be more efficient than power plants when it comes to providing grid balancing services. But few studies exist on the effect that demand response resources have on operational costs for utilities or independent system operators.[read more]

Energy Efficiency & Demand Response Keep Power Flowing in Extreme Weather

March 18, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Something extraordinary occurred this winter that kept the lights on and people warm during record-breaking cold. Energy efficiency and demand response emerged to save the day, preventing potentially life-threatening power shortages across much of the Midwest and Northeast.[read more]

Technology Choice Is Finally Coming to Residential Demand Response

February 3, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

The convergence of demand response and energy efficiency, which has already started to happen in the commercial and industrial market, is now coming to residential. Companies that were once just energy efficiency providers are all now converging to offer behavioral efficiency.[read more]

5 Demand Response Trends to Watch in 2014

December 27, 2013 by Katherine Tweed

The term "demand response" is still the phrase the industry throws around to describe shedding load when the grid needs some help. But these days, it’s more. Demand response has been morphing into demand management, where load is called upon more often, both for economic and capacity reasons.[read more]

My Summer Adventures in Demand Response

September 17, 2013 by Veronique Bugnion

Demand Response and Summer Heat

What happens to your normally cool household when you get paid $1.25/kwh to provide real-time demand response, and it's 97 sweltering degrees outside? Read on to find out about my adventures in demand response over the summer.[read more]

Coal Country Replacing Coal With Demand Response and Energy Efficiency

September 11, 2013 by Katherine Tweed

Ohio Demand Response

Northern Ohio is coal country. These days, that’s a problem. The lack of coal capacity in coming years drove up prices in PJM’s capacity auction in 2012, so PJM responded with a solution: transmission. One year later, the regional clearing price was back in line.[read more]

NRG Energy Makes Moves Into Demand Response

August 25, 2013 by Stephen Lacey

NRG Energy acquired Energy Curtailment Specialists to make a play in the demand response market, particularly in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic regions. ECS was one of the largest private demand response players out there, with 2,000 megawatts under its control.[read more]


Irreversible Trends Spur Consumer Energy Independence: Part 1

August 5, 2013 by Steven Collier

A DC subsystem, or “nanogrid,” in a home or business might power essential loads, particularly electronic devices that enable our interactions with the world around us and that account for an increasing proportion of our electric energy consumption.[read more]

Japan's Appetite for Demand Response Awakens

August 2, 2013 by Katherine Tweed

Comverge has made its largest splash in Asia to date with a new regional research and development operation in Japan, and Japan’s utilities have turned their attention to demand-side management as the industry continues to contend with the consequences of Fukushima.[read more]

FERC Settlements Illustrate Attempts to 'Game' Demand Response Programs

July 26, 2013 by Jim Pierobon

FERC Settlements

Two settlements at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) made public this year involving large civil penalties illustrate how the market for demand response (DR) services could be ‘gamed’ by artificially inflating normal levels of power consumption.[read more]

Is Residential Demand Response Hot? Or Is It Just Hot Outside?

July 18, 2013 by Veronique Bugnion

Heat Waves

It’s summer, and it’s hot! Whilst we’re sitting in air-conditioned office buildings all day, how about getting paid for that time we are not home? That's residential demand response, which is becoming increasingly popular and sophisticated.[read more]

Will Demand Response, Distributed Energy Bring End of Traditional Utility Business Model?

July 10, 2013 by Jim Pierobon

Disruptive Forces

How long tradition-bound utilities can rely on the status quo probably has several years to run. The growing popularity and affordability of rooftop solar systems is beginning to have an impact.[read more]

Demand Side Response: Revolution in British Energy Policy

July 1, 2013 by David Thorpe

Britain Demand Response

It's highly significant that demand side response is to be included in auctions for the future British electricity capacity market, because it marks a move away from the principle of satisfying peak demand at any price.[read more]

Microsoft: 'Computational Demand Response' Could Lower Data Center Emissions 99 Percent

June 28, 2013 by Stephen Lacey

Data Center Emissions

Microsoft has just published a new paper outlining two algorithms that could help data center operators predict the cheapest and cleanest times on the grid for intensive computation.[read more]