Friday, November 13, 2009

Demand Response: The Standards Race Begins?

Demand response – turning down power at factories, offices and homes to save energy and meet utility peak demands. It's the "killer application" for the smart grid, according to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Jon Wellinghoff, capable of saving up to 188 gigawatts of power, or about 20 percent of the country's overall peak energy use (see FERC report). But the real-world business of demand response is a highly fragmented affair, ranging from cutting-edge automated automation and communication technologies to old stand-bys of pager messages, phone calls, emails and price lists posted on public websites. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has an answer – OpenADR, or open automated demand response. More>