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Demand Response

How a JLL Building Saves Energy, Makes $80K

Sitar Mody

For 10 weeks this summer, EDF Climate Corps fellow Karan Gupta worked for JLL, a commercial real estate firm, to optimize energy use at one of the company’s largest buildings: 77 West Wacker Dr., a 1-million-square-foot commercial office building in downtown Chicago. At the core of Karan’s work was demand response – an energy savings tool that pays people to shift   …Continue Reading


Danish Island Serves as Testbed for Integrating Renewables into Grid

Linda Hardesty

The biggest smart grid project in Europe – the EcoGrid pilot – is being conducted on the Danish island of Bornholm. The project is trying to coordinate the fluctuations in the price of electricity with the volume of renewable energy available at five minute intervals, reports PennEnergy. In order to conduct the pilot, Bornholm’s local   …Continue Reading


Nissan Does Demand Response via LEAF EVs

Linda Hardesty

In Japan, ENERES Co. is using Nissan LEAF electric vehicles paired with the LEAF to Home power supply system for demand response testing at several sales outlets run by Kanagawa Nissan. Usually, when curtailment is requested, consumers may respond by moderating their use of air conditioning and lighting. However, by using the storage capacity of electric   …Continue Reading


Kit Does Demand Response for Small Businesses

Linda Hardesty

Universal Devices is offering its Energy Management In a Box – a demand response system configured for the small and medium business market. The system complies with California’s Title 24 building requirements and uses OpenADR. Energy Management In a Box combines Universal Devices’ ISY994 Automation platform with up to 64 smart thermostats. The programmability of   …Continue Reading


Smart Cities Drive Changes across Energy Sector

Karen Henry

The urban population is estimated to expand by 2.4 billion people over the next 35 years, and there is increasing demand to move to cleaner and more efficient energy resources to meet the needs of this quickly changing population. The smart city concept has developed in response to the rapid changes happening in cities around   …Continue Reading


EnTouch Demand Response is OpenADR 2.0 Certified

Linda Hardesty

EnTouch Controls says its EnTouch360° demand response service is now OpenADR 2.0 certified. According to the OpenADR Alliance, certified systems were first adopted by utilities in California, but now the technology is quickly spreading to other regions through the backing of utilities worldwide, including American Electric Power, Austin Energy, CPS Energy, Duke Energy, EDF Energy,   …Continue Reading


Summerhill Snags Demand Response Contract

Linda Hardesty

Enersource, which is Mississauga, Ontario’s local electricity distribution company, has chosen Summerhill to deliver the utility’s peaksaver PLUS program to small business customers. Summerhill’s service offering was chosen to help Enersource launch a revised demand response program. Summerhill partnered with Energate (manufacturer of the Foundation web-enabled programmable thermostat with web access); Blue Line (manufacturer of   …Continue Reading


Knowing Demand Response Capability Improves Procurement Strategy

Linda Hardesty

During last winter’s polar vortex in the northeast, the price spike in the real time electricity market had an interesting impact on peoples’ decisions whether to buy energy in the day ahead or the real time market, said Steve Wemple, VP of Regulatory Affairs with Con Edison Solutions on a recent Energy Manager Today webinar,   …Continue Reading


Test System for OpenADR Virtual End Nodes

Linda Hardesty

QualityLogic has created a cloud-based test system for OpenADR Virtual End Nodes (VENs) or clients. The system will provide users with access to a certified Virtual Top Node (VTN). The system uses an OpenADR Alliance certified open source VTN released by the Electric Power Research Institute to serve as a reference for testing VENs, as   …Continue Reading


Comverge, Constellation Merge Commercial Demand Response Businesses to Form New Company

Linda Hardesty

Comverge and Constellation are combining their demand response businesses serving commercial and industrial customers. The combined business will be operated as a new standalone company independent from Comverge and Constellation and will focus on delivering a full spectrum of demand response offerings to C&I customers across the United States. H.I.G. Capital will hold a majority   …Continue Reading


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