EPA: Don’t Forget Smart Grid, Demand Response in CO2 Regs

The Association for Demand Response & Smart Grid applauds the federal EPA for its draft plan for reducing carbon emissions, but wants to see the agency directly spell out the important role of smart grid and demand response in reducing emissions. The EPA didn't acknowledge the importance of these tools in its plan, says Dan Delurey, executive … [Read more...]

Residential Demand Response Yields 5 to 23% Savings: Opower

Opower's new residential demand response program has yielded 23% savings in homes with load control devices and peak rebate rates. Homeowners that have taken voluntary action – such as changing thermostat settings –have seen 5% savings. As a result, the company is expanding its program to include one million customers, said Tom Mercer, group … [Read more...]

Court Deals Setback to Demand Response, Cleaner Electric Transmission Grid

Look for demand response opponents to use a recent federal court decision as ammunition to erode use of the resource in wholesale markets, warns NRDC's John Moore  writing here with colleague Allison Clements. A federal appeals court in Washington, D.C. has handed a major setback to one of the cornerstone reforms for a cleaner, more intelligent … [Read more...]

Demand Response Is the Best Cure for Texas’ Ailing Grid

The Texas Public Utilities Commission has, yet again, kicked the can down the road on securing reliable energy to power the state’s growing population. The PUC, the state agency charged with managing electricity rates, meets to securely plan for the future, yet they continue to delay planning meetings. This will benefit no one in the short or … [Read more...]

Energy Efficiency & Demand Response Keep Power Flowing in Extreme Weather

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. The subzero weather strained more than just our patience; it put a serious … [Read more...]

Tampa Electric Issues RFP for Standby Generation, Communication and Billing

Tampa Electric is seeking proposals to modernize its Standby Generator Program  and to provide communication and billing services. The program, which targets  commercial and industrial customers, has been offered for more than 20 years, with many of Tampa Electric’s largest C&I customers participating . In times of high peak demand, program … [Read more...]

Wellinghoff to Advise New Demand Response Trade Association

Three big demand response companies today announced a new trade association with Jon Wellinghoff, former chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, serving as the organization’s strategic counsel. Wellinghoff is a long-time supporter of demand response and green energy technologies. EnerNOC, Comverge, and Johnson Controls have founded … [Read more...]

You Are What You Read? The Stories EnergyEfficiencyMarkets.com Readers Liked Best in 2013

Here’s what we can guess about you, our audience, based on the stories you read the most this year on EnergyEfficiencyMarkets.com. You’re intrigued by up-and-coming concepts and technologies. The counter-intuitive draws your attention, as do emerging trends and young and rising companies. You’re looking for news not easily found elsewhere that … [Read more...]

Cutting Energy Use in Casinos 12 to 18 Percent

Automated energy management software from BuildingIQ cuts energy use by 12 percent in one casino, and is expected to slash energy use in other casinos by 12 percent to 18 percent, says Pete Dickinson, CTO of BuildingIQ in a podcast interview. The software, provided to NV Energy, the utility that supplies energy to the city of Las Vegas, provides … [Read more...]

RFP: Southern California Edison Seeks Energy Efficiency, Demand Response…

Southern California Edison (SCE) launched a request for proposals for local capacity requirements (LCR) for resources that will help enhance the reliability of the power grid in specific geographic locations. SCE is seeking new resources to replace aging gas-fired power generation resources that use ocean water (also known as “once-through … [Read more...]