Yale University and George Mason University survey highlights U.S. interest in key energy issues; How demand response can empower Texans; Executive appointments at Bonneville Power Administration suggest greater focus on demand response; The role of energy efficiency analytics in commercial and industrial organizations; The UK could save big bucks by investing in more clean energy
- Yale University and George Mason University released a survey that found Americans support the idea of decreasing carbon emissions and increasing the focus on climate change.
- Intelligent Utility explored the benefits of demand response in the deregulated Texas market and highlighted the need to further incentivize customer programs.
- The U.S. Department of Energy has named Bill Drummond and Richard Génecé to key roles at the Bonneville Power Administration, where they will usher in a new focus on tighter integration between demand response and energy efficiency.
- The Utility Analytics Institute explored how commercial and industrial organizations can use data analytics to improve energy efficiency and cut costs.
- Bloomberg explored findings from a recent Committee on Climate Change report which determined that the UK can save up to $150 billion by 2050 by spending on wind, nuclear, and carbon capture rather than gas.
Comverge’s Utility Client Conference takes place in St. Petersburg; New energy secretary appointed; ERCOT raises Texas’ system-wide offer cap; Research reveals there are more than 1,300 demand response programs globally; Boston implements new energy legislation for commercial buildings; PJM relies on demand response to keep cool this summer
- The Comverge Utility Client Conference offered utility and partner attendees three days of networking and education.
- Physicist Ernest Moniz was unanimously voted in as the new Energy Secretary.
- Greentech Media highlighted the increase in ERCOT’s system-wide offer cap and noted that demand response is badly needed in the Lone Star State this summer.
- Navigant Research revealed there are more than 1,300 demand response programs in place globally with 95 percent in North America.
- Boston Mayor Thomas Menino’s ‘Building Energy Reporting and Disclosure Ordinance‘ was voted into law, requiring large and medium buildings to report annual energy use, greenhouse gas emissions, as well as other resource consumption to the City.
- PJM Interconnection said it will rely in part on nearly 11.2 GW of demand response and energy efficiency resources to meet summer energy demand.
This week it’s the Comverge Utility Client Conference and as we mentioned in our previous post, we have 15 general sessions and breakouts that will cover all things demand-side management.
So as the week is all about demand response, I thought it would be perfect timing to share two recent articles we penned on the increasing role that demand response is playing in today’s energy mix.
The first one appeared in the March issue of Electric Light & Power. It focused on the huge impact demand response is having, before looking at how changes that are underway are enabling demand response to take on an even bigger role. The strides in demand response – including advanced communications, personalized programs and innovative compensation structures – are truly astonishing, and the real-world results that our customers are achieving are equally impressive.
A prime example of a successful demand response program is featured in April’s edition of Electricity Today. The article focused on how Comverge is helping Progress Energy Florida move to a two-way demand-side management program. Once the program is complete, it will be one of the largest smart grid projects in the world.
If you are not at our Utility Client Conference, or simply can’t get enough demand response related information, I hope you enjoy these articles.
Comverge named finalist in Stevie Awards; Reliability top of mind for utilities; Navigant Research released global demand response report; Commercial sector getting smarter about energy efficiency; Questions around the long-term impact of smart grid stimulus funds; Looking ahead to our Utility Client Conference
- Comverge SmartPrice was named a Marketing Campaign of the Year award finalist for the American Business Awards, a.k.a. the “Stevies.” Winners are announced next month in Chicago.
- The 2013 U.S. Electric Utility Report from Black & Veatch revealed that reliability is top of mind for utility executives, followed by environmental and economic regulation.
- Navigant Research (formerly Pike) released a new report, “Demand Response Tracker 2Q13.” The report examines demand response (DR) globally while exploring which technologies are being used and what percentage of all DR programs rely on automated DR.
- The commercial sector is getting smarter about energy efficiency, according to a FierceEnergy article about a GTM Research report.
- Greentech Media reviewed a DOE report and questioned whether the stimulus investments in the smart grid will support long-term growth.
- Next week we’ll be hosting our Utility Client Conference in St. Petersburg, Florida.