Pacific Northwest Demand Response Project
The Pacific Northwest Demand Response Project examines the role and potential of demand response in managing the region’s power system. This cooperative effort, led by the Council and the Regulatory Assistance Project, started in 2005 and has been the primary forum for researchers, regulators, and utilities to discuss and share information about demand response in the Northwest.
Google to Acquire Nest (1.13.2014)
Google has announced that it will acquire Nest. Nest sells a smart thermostat that can use wifi to connect to central servers and respond to utility requests for demand response. The press release is at http://investor.google.com/releases/2014/0113.html.
Demand Response and the Arctic Vortex Update (1.9.2014)
EnerNOC has reported there were 10 dispatches of Demand Response on January 6th and 7th to help maintain grid stability. The press release is available at http://investor.enernoc.com/releaseDetail.cfm?ReleaseID=817898. At least one utility was forced into rolling blackouts during the cold weather. See http://www.sceg.com/en/news-room/current-news/Cold-Weather-Affecting-Electric-System.htm for...
ERCOT DR Response (1.7.2014)
The Electricity Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) reached their Energy Emergency Alert Level 2 on January 6, 2014 between 7 AM and 8 AM, durning a cold weather event in Texas. ERCOT starts involuntarily curtailing load at Emergency Level 3. The alert was retracted at 9:50 AM. Part of the response to the high demand was for ERCOT to use demand response resource. This is likely part of what r...
Demand Response During the Arctic Vortex Event (1.7.2014)
Voluntary demand response events have been enacted in PJM, NYISO and ERCOT as a response to the Arctic Vortex associated with record low temperatures in the Eastern United States. The PJM press release can be accessed at http://www.pjm.com/~/media/about-pjm/newsroom/2014-releases/20140106-pjm-grid-op-asks-consumers-conserve-electricity-tuesday.ashx. The NYISO press release can be accessed at h...
Idaho Power Continues DR Programs (11.14.2013)
Renew Grid magazine has an article on a settlement between the Idaho PUC and Idaho Power on the A/C Cool and Irrigation Peak Rewards demand response programs. The article is at http://www.renewgridmag.com/e107_plugins/content/content.php?content.10532.