Although OpenADR is often thought of as a California technology, it is backed a number of utilities, including American Electric Power, Austin Energy, CPS Energy, Duke Energy, EDF, Hawaii Electric Company, NV Energy, Pacific Gas & Electric, San Diego Gas & Electric, Sacramento Municipal Utility District, Southern California Edison, Tokyo Electric Power Company, and many more.
We are looking for advanced solutions that solve these critical issues for utility companies, giving them the best opportunity to cut costs, grow revenue, and have the highest potential for easy, rapid and widespread adoption.
"Technology has changed significantly since these meters were installed, and we're looking forward to the expanded capabilities that will create benefits for our customers."
Although San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) says it has adequate electricity supplies to meet regional energy needs this summer, it is also encouraging customer to utilize energy conservation and demand response which will be vital during heat waves or an unplanned power plant outage or transmission line emergency. With the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) permanently offline and the potential for summer heat waves or wildfires, Southern California may face another tight summer for electric resources.
Women play an important role in demand response leadership and delivery. As such, the Peak Load Management Alliance (PLMA), Consumers Energy, the New Hampshire Electric Cooperative, and Navigant are leading the charge to create PLMA's Women in Demand Response Interest Group. The interest group will help promote the role of women in demand response by encouraging greater visibility, support, and recognition of women in the industry.
Electricity providers are trying to encourage participation in demand response (DR) programs to ease the burden on the grid, but only 14 percent of Americans are currently taking advantage of the programs. More than 75 percent say they would participate for the right incentives, according to a Parago Energy survey.
The Castle Rock Water utility in Castle Rock, Colorado, although small, has an approach to municipal services more advanced than most big cities. In 2013, the utility decided it would expand the quality of its customer service through enhanced billing services that provided one-stop, end-to-end billing options.
A number of factors point toward accelerating DR adoption in North America and other regions of the world, according to Navigant. In particular, the changing resource mix in electric grids globally is creating more potential for DR to play a pivotal role in conserving energy use and maintaining grid stability.
Although the Association for Demand Response & Smart Grid (ADS) gives kudos to the flexibility demonstrated in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) recent release of draft regulations to address CO2 emissions from fossil fuel based power plants, as well as the various efficiency alternatives presented to reduce emissions, the organization is calling foul on the EPA.
The Coalition for Fair Transmission Policy (CFTP) and other petitioners have filed a letter at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit that says the court's recent decision overturning the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) demand-response rule provides support for arguments raised in legal challenges to Order 1000, FERC's unprecedented restructuring of the nation's electricity grid. The letter claims FERC justified Order 1000 by claiming language in the Federal Power Act (FPA) gives the commission broad authority to regulate interstate wholesale and transmission rates and any practices "affecting" those rates.