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Demand Response (DR) technologies allow utilities to talk to devices inside the customer premise. They include such things as load control devices, smart thermostats and home energy consoles. They are essential to allow customers to reduce or shift their power use during peak demand periods. Demand response solutions play a key role in several areas: pricing, emergency response, grid reliability, infrastructure planning and design, operations, and deferral.

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Five best practices to engage customers for residential demand response (from a DR pioneer)

smart grid, modern grid, demand response, residential demand response, consumer engagement, electric utilities, Comverge
When residential demand response programs were first launched, the conventional thinking was the most important issue was technology. Turns out, as most of us learned, the toughest part is customer engagement. Comverge CEO R. Blake Young shares five key areas for driving high customer engagement and participation in DR programs.

Why California's demand response programs are failing (and how to fix them)

smart grid, modern grid, demand response, California demand response, DR, policy and regulation, electric utilities
California’s demand response programs haven’t been a success story. And utilities had underperformed in their efforts to meet peak demand reduction goals, according to a state energy commission report, possibly opening the door to third-party aggregators. While there are changes that could be made to boost utility performance, it’s unfortunate they aren’t likely to come soon.

Smart grid project wins… and an opportunity from BPA

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, metering, communications, transmission, demand response, electric utilities, smart grid vendors
Take a few minutes to read about an array of projects, from transmission and metering to demand response and powerline communications in our smart grid wins roundup. You might also be interested in the Bonneville Power Administration’s call for partners to help develop technologies to improve the Northwest electric power system.

In San Antonio, automated demand response grabs the spotlight

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, demand response, automated demand response, ADR, Navigant Research, webinars, electric utilities
Automated demand response (ADR) has attracted a lot of buzz and smart grid companies are jumping on the bandwagon one after another. Read the story to learn more about the growing market and to sign up for the Navigant Research Automated Demand Response webinar scheduled for Tuesday, March 11.

Utilities: Time to get ready for the smart buildings wave

smart grid, smart grid technology, smart buildings, demand response, smart grid investments, smart grid trends, electric utilities
Smart buildings and the concept of connecting them to the smart grid for load control and demand response have both been around for a while. But now building owners see the possibility of new revenue streams from demand response and other smart grid technologies… and they will be expecting their local utility to have the programs they want.

It’s Day Two: Get the latest news from DistribuTECH

smart grid, smart grid technology, smart grid companies, DistribuTECH, smart grid vendors
There’s more news from day two of DistribuTECH. Read the latest from Sentient Energy, EnerNOC, GE Digital Energy and more. And check out the two prestigious utility industry awards won by Florida Power & Light.

Keeping the lights on and more in this week’s Smart Grid Wins

smart grid, smart grid technology, smart grid projects, transmission, smart water, renewable energy, demand response, DR, smart grid vendors
From metering and geothermal projects to transmission, there’s quite a variety of projects and developments in this week’s Smart Grid Wins. And don’t miss the piece on EnerNOC’s efforts to keep the power on in several states where extreme cold has spiked demand.

The utility of 2020 will be an energy concierge, NYU students predict

smart grid, smart grid trends, smart grid technology, customer engagement, customer service, electric utilities
The winning team in a competition hosted by consulting firm DEFG at New York University expects to see utilities offering customers a variety of new technologies and services as soon as 2020. Click for more on what the NYU students expect to see from utilities in just a few short years.

Revisiting the 10 top home energy trends for 2013

smart grid, smart grid technology, home energy management, smart grid trends
About a year ago, guest author Louis Szablya shared his predictions for the 10 most important home energy developments we could expect to see in 2013. Now, he’s back with a report card on how he fared with those predictions.

Smart grid wins: from AMI and Big Data to DR and more

smart grid, smart grid technology, demand response, smart grid communicaitons, AMI, smart meters, smart grid investments, smart grid vendors
This week’s smart grid wins roundup includes projects, financing and more from companies both familiar and not so familiar. Read about the new AMI and smart grid services project with Itron and Tantalus and other recent smart grid developments.

Smart grid markets: what they’re doing, where they’re heading

smart grid, smart grid technology, smart grid markets, demand response, smart water, cybersecurity, smart grid investments, emerging countries
While not all smart grid markets are growing at impressive rates, many of them are. Read our selection of research reports on many key markets, what the professionals expect to see from them in the next few years and where the challenges are.

Winning isn’t everything (but it helps)… this week’s smart grid wins

Smart grid, smart grid projects, cogeneration, demand response, transmission, solar power, energy storage, electric utilities
The slate of wins in this week’s roundup offers a glimpse of what’s happening in a variety of smart grid sectors: from demand response and energy storage to cogeneration and transmission. And don’t miss Oklahoma Gas & Electric’s smart grid project award and partnership and acquisition news.

Smart Grid 101: The past and future of demand response

Smart grid, smart grid technology, demand response, DR, smart grid 101, smart grid trends
While it still has its share of critics, demand response is growing as the electric industry continues its search for improved energy efficiency. In his essay, Ben Paulos of America’s Power Plan examines the current status of demand response, and also assesses its potential to help bring about an improved energy future.

Midwestern utilities take cautious steps towards time-of-use pricing

Smart grid, smart grid technology, dynamic pricing, time-of-use pricing, strategy, electric utilities
Dynamic pricing hasn’t made a big splash in the electricity sector. But several Midwest utilities and cooperatives are experimenting with it, or plan to in the near future. Will dynamic pricing become commonplace anytime soon? The results from these Midwestern pilots could help answer that question.

Considering a new pricing program? Study this case history first

Smart grid, dynamic pricing, consumer engagement, electric utilities, smart grid pricing
The number of utilities exploring dynamic pricing is growing, and now they can take advantage of the experiences of others before making a decision. A case study from the Association for Demand Response and Smart Grid and utility PG&E offers an inside look and lots of lessons.

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