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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]

Getting the Smart Grid Started

June 18, 2013 by Christine Hertzog

How can vendors overcome inertia? The way workforce management vendors succeeded was through persistent education of prospective buyers that identified an array of benefits that covered tangible bottom line impacts.[read more]

New Thermostat for Auto Demand Response

June 17, 2013 by Katherine Tweed

Despite having technology in 150 million homes, Honeywell is often left out of the conversation about next-generation residential energy management offerings.[read more]

5 Tips to Prepare For a Demand Response Event

June 13, 2013 by Kristopher Settle

Demand Response

Summer represents the time of year when the potential for strain on the electric grid is a constant concern. Brownouts, blackouts and voltage fluctuations can cost manufacturers thousands of dollars.[read more]

Plug-and-Play Grid Energy Storage Thanks to 1Energy’s Software

May 24, 2013 by Jeff St. John

energy storage

A host of startups are working on software to optimize on-site energy storage systems to avoid peak demand charges, meet demand response calls, or keep the lights on during emergencies.[read more]

Making Sense of the Demand Response Market

April 8, 2013 by Katherine Tweed

demand response confusion

The problem, of course, is there is no one market. Demand response and ancillary services come in various flavors based on region.[read more]

Industrial Demand Response is Booming, Residential Isn't

March 19, 2013 by Jessica Kennedy

DR providers and utilities are targeting the commercial and industrial (C&I) sector specifically to assist in balancing demand on the electric grid in times of stress. But, is this the best strategy for demand response?[read more]

Demand Response in the US Electricity Market

March 7, 2013 by Rasika Athawale

With the overall electricity grid becoming more ‘smarter,’ a number of demand response programs can be integrated which will further assist in realizing the reported potential peak reduction.[read more]

Can Demand Response Help Us Achieve 100% Renewable Energy?

January 11, 2013 by Jessica Kennedy

A recent study proposed that a mix of wind and solar energy production, along with energy storage technology and a standby supply of fossil fuel could create a 99.9% renewable energy grid by 2030. Could demand response provide that extra .01%?[read more]

Is An Electricity eBay in our Future?

October 23, 2012 by Christine Hertzog

The Smart Grid can deliver significant changes to consumer interactions in electricity markets. Today, consumer enrollment in demand response (DR) programs is the typical form of participation with a focus on the production of negawatts. Among the most exciting possibilities for Smart Grid innovations are the opportunities for consumers to become prosumers – and participate as producers as well as consumers of energy in the distribution (low voltage) grid.[read more]

‘Demand Response’ in Electricity: Economists vs. FERC on (Over)Pricing

September 25, 2012 by Michael Giberson

Energy Cost via Shutterstock

As noted here at KP in August, a group of electric power economists (including me) filed an amicus brief on FERC’s demand response pricing rule.At the Master Resource blog, Travis Fisher examines the issue with some detail. Here is a bit:In Order No. 745, FERC reasoned that, “when a demand response resource has the capability to balance...[read more]

The Smart Grid Means Changing Expectations

August 28, 2012 by Christine Hertzog

The recent Smart Grid Roadshow in Vancouver covered interesting ground in terms of how electric utilities must transform to meet expectations of stakeholders – be they consumers, regulators, or shareholders.  BCHydro resources discussed the unprecedented scope of ambitious grid modernization projects that their utility had underway...[read more]

The Smart Grid's Problem May Be Storage's Opportunity

November 28, 2011 by James Greenberger

Energy storage advocates have a different story to tell and by many measures a more compelling one. With energy storage, a utility or electricity service provider manages the challenge (and, yes, the cost) of drawing electricity from the grid in the most efficient way possible. The electricity is then stored locally, by means of a distributed energy storage system, which the consumer draws from when and as the consumer wants. Peak electricity usage on the grid is reduced and greater energy efficiency is achieved through the utility’s management of the storage resource without involving the consumer.[read more]