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Automation program aims to stabilize UK grid
A new smart-grid program being launched in the UK aims to help stabilize the power grid as more renewable energy sources come online. Honeywell and power management company Stor Generation Ltd. are working with commercial and industrial users to temporarily trim their energy consumption when electricity demand threatens to... Read more
The energy revolution might not necessarily be televised, but it will increasingly be monitored, measured and automated to push “intelligent efficiency” up to once-unimaginable levels. For an idea of what that revolution could look like, consider a cluster of around 30 commercial and industrial buildings in an area west... Read more
The US is way ahead of Europe on demand response. So much so that while the two big US demand response companies, EnerNOC and Comverge, are being forced to look elsewhere for business as their home market nears saturation point, here in Europe, demand response is only just beginning... Read more
Canada’s Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) plans to use EnerNOC’s DemandSMART application to implement 150 megawatts (MW) of automated demand response. The program will allow participating industries to automatically reduce their electricity consumption when the grid is stressed, and earn payments for doing so. By using DemandSMART in AESO’s... Read more
NorthWestern Energy, one of the largest providers of electricity and natural gas in the Upper Midwest and Northwest US, plans to enlist the cloud-based services of Tendril for its smart grid demonstration grant program. The utility aims to use Tendril Energize and Tendril Connect to engage with customers, enable... Read more
Demand response application and service provider EnerNOC has expanded its reach into the Australian and New Zealand markets with the acquisition of Energy Response Pty Ltd. Energy Response is the largest demand response provider in Australia and New Zealand. According to Boston-based EnerNOC, the acquisition will give it the... Read more
LEED green building projects will now receive credit for demand response improvements that automatically shift energy consumption to off-peak times during times of high demand. The US Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED Demand Response Pilot Credit is designed to encourage increased participation in automated demand response programs. To satisfy... Read more
Viridity has entered into a master agreement with the Defense Logistics Agency Energy (DLA Energy) to pursue load curtailment at federal and military facilities across the United States. By selling planned electric load reductions at a premium into the energy markets, Viridity Energy aims to help defense bases and... Read more
As part of its focus on helping building owners reduce energy use and cost, Tridium has announced the market availability of a new OpenADR (open automated demand response) simple client driver for its Niagara AX Framework. The software driver enables communication between Niagara AX hosts and utilities, allowing independent... Read more
The US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has established a new rule regarding compensation for demand response resources in organised wholesale energy markets. The rule requires organised wholesale energy market operators to pay demand response resources the market price for energy, known as the locational marginal price (LMP), when those... Read more