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Can Modular Desalination Provide Cheap, Clean Water and Demand Response Too?

August 29, 2014 by Jeff St. John
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Modular Deslination

The process of desalination isn’t nearly as energy-intensive as it was just a decade ago, thanks to new reverse-osmosis plant designs and nano-structured membranes that have drastically improved the energy efficiency of turning salt water into fresh water.[read more]

Demand Response at the Core of Energy Savings for Large Office Building in Chicago

August 22, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

Demand Respone and Building Efficiency

Demand response – an energy saving tool that encourages customers to shift their electricity use to times of day when there is less demand on the power grid or when more renewable energy is abundant – has been at the core of my work this summer.[read more]

California Could Rewrite the Rules for Distributed Demand Response

August 9, 2014 by Jeff St. John
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California and Demand Response

You might imagine that California, the land of energy efficiency, smart meters, rooftop solar panels and plug-in electric vehicles, would also be leading the country in demand response -- the term of art for turning homes and buildings into grid-responsive energy assets. But you’d be wrong.[read more]

Demand Response Will Double By 2020: Here's Why

July 29, 2014 by Jessica Kennedy

Future Demand Response

 

Keep an eye on the demand response industry over the next few decades. It's in a position to grow as fast as renewable energy, if not faster, and it will be a vital tool in the quest for reliable energy in developed and developing areas of the world alike.[read more]

FERC's Demand Response Strategy Hits a Snag: D.C. Circuit Vacates Order 745 in Electric Power Supply Association v. FERC

June 10, 2014 by Sharon Jacobs

Demand response is the reduction of electricity use in response to a price signal. In other words, customers are paid not to consume energy. Demand response has been called the sale of “negawatts,” although the phrase is an imperfect description of the actual transaction.[read more]

What the Court Decision on FERC Order 745 Means for Demand Response

May 31, 2014 by Katherine Tweed
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Demand response was dealt a legal blow last Friday when the United States Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. vacated the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Order 745 in a 2-1 decision, stating that FERC has gone too far.[read more]

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Paying Too Much for Demand Response? DC Circuit Court Throws Out FERC Rule

May 29, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins
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FERC Rules and Court Rulings

In a 2-1 decision, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia threw out a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) rule authorizing payments to electricity consumers who reduce their electricity usage during periods of high prices, a service known as "demand response."[read more]

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
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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
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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]