Demand response: How to reward users for saving energy and protecting the environment

phys.org | 11/8/2019 | Staff
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With increased efforts to create a more dynamic power grid that is cleaner, more reliable and more efficient, utilities are tapping into various new technologies and programs. A popular energy solution is demand response (DR). Typically implemented in the industrial sector where energy use is high and peak energy demand comes at a significant cost to utilities and the grid itself, DR usage is gaining traction in the residential sector. Such programs offer consumers the opportunity to play a crucial role in the operation of the power grid by reducing or shifting their electricity usage during peak periods in response to time-based rates or other forms of financial incentives.

Enter the EU-funded RESPOND project that aims to "deploy an interoperable energy automation, monitoring and control solution that will deliver demand response at a building unit, building and district level," as noted on the project website. "Using smart energy monitoring infrastructure, RESPOND will be able to detect energy conservation opportunities and adapt to indoor and outdoor conditions, and comfort levels in real time through optimal energy dispatching, taking both supply and demand into account."

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In a news article on "Open Access Government," Rodrigo López, Energy Management Deputy Director at project coordinator Feníe Energía, says: "The rise of the DR is due to the fact that it provides benefits for all stakeholders: Clients, environment and utilities." DR allows utilities and energy management companies to adjust their customers' heating,...
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