Demand Response

Demand Management vs Battery Storage

Josh Kessler

A column posted on The Energy Collective recommends that businesses consider demand management before pursuing battery storage. This process involves coordinating operations and using system controls to suppress demand at large commercial and industrial sites. The businesses or institutions can benefit by reducing the per-kW demand charges they pay. Often, they can find retail energy   …Continue Reading


Cable, Internet and Energy Services?

Josh Kessler

Comcast is the market leader in broadband Internet services, controlling a 56 percent share of the market, according to Ars Technica. The company also boasts 30 million cable subscribers, according to CNN Money. But now the company is entering a seemingly different business based on running wires to customer homes and businesses: energy services. Comcast   …Continue Reading


Navigant: Demand Response to Grow 600% in 10 years

Josh Kessler

On May 5, Navigant Research released a study on the global demand response (DR) market titled Demand Response Enabling Technologies. Navigant forecasts that the market will grow from about $184 million today to $1.3 billion in 2024 in annual spending – a 600 percent increase. Automated DR dispatch, which allows system operators to send signals   …Continue Reading


Supreme Court to Review Demand Response Decision

Karen Henry

The US Supreme Court announced it will review a May 2014 decision by the DC Circuit Court of Appeals invalidating the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) Order 745, Demand Response Compensation in Organized Wholesale Energy Markets. Demand response is a voluntary energy conservation tool that relies on people and technology to meet the country’s rising   …Continue Reading


Cargill, Black & Veatch, EnerNOC Work with Tesla on Energy Storage

Linda Hardesty

Cargill is collaborating with Tesla and Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) to install Tesla’s energy storage at the company’s Fresno beef processing facility. Tesla’s batteries help to reduce energy costs by storing electricity at off-peak use times, then using it during peak periods. In total, the Tesla batteries have a 1 MW capacity that will   …Continue Reading


Barriers Exist to Demand Response in US

Linda Hardesty

Currently, the majority of the demand response activity in the world is taking place in the United States, according to a report from Navigant Research, “Demand Response Enabling Technologies.” This leadership position will erode over the next 10 years, however, as all international regions start or expand demand response programs. The largest growth will occur   …Continue Reading


Refrigeration Battery Works as Energy Storage

Linda Hardesty

Axiom Exergy, a provider of energy storage systems for large supermarkets and food distribution facilities, has created the Refrigeration Battery for businesses with high refrigeration loads. The Refrigeration Battery enables facilities to store cooling for later use, thereby transforming their refrigeration systems into large-scale, cloud-connected, smart energy-storage resources. The Refrigeration Battery shifts up to 40   …Continue Reading


Shore Hotel Installs Energy Storage, EV Charging

Linda Hardesty

The Shore Hotel in Santa Monica, California, unveiled a Green Charge Networks energy storage system coupled with electric vehicle DC charging. Shore Hotel is a newly-built LEED Gold certified hotel. The energy storage system coupled with EV charging is expected to save the hotel 50 percent in demand charges. According to Green Charge, every time   …Continue Reading


Demand Response Push in Texas

Josh Kessler

A recent post on the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)’s Energy Exchange blog discussed legislation that would expand the role of demand response (DR) in Texas. EDF, in collaboration with the Advanced Energy Management Alliance, are promoting proposals that advance DR, such as Texas Senate Bill 1284 from Senator Kirk Watson and House Bill 3343 from Representative   …Continue Reading


Toshiba Demos PV, Fuel-Cell, Battery, Hydrogen System

Linda Hardesty

Toshiba is demonstrating operation of its H2One, an independent energy supply system based on renewable energy and use of hydrogen as a fuel for power generation. Toshiba installed the system at two locations in Kawasaki: the Kawasaki Marien public facility and Higashi-Ogishima-Naka Park in the Kawasaki Port area. H2One combines a photovoltaic installation, storage batteries,   …Continue Reading