In San Antonio, automated demand response grabs the spotlight



By Brett Feldman


Automated demand response (ADR) was pervasive at the recent DistribuTECH conference in San Antonio, as vendors from all sides of the utility spectrum are looking to get a piece of the DR pie and extract more value out of their core offerings.  Companies that focus on utility operational systems want to incorporate DR management, while those that specialize in customer energy management want to move up the value chain and offer utilities full-service customer DR programs. 


Metering companies want to show the benefit of their hardware and data to provide smarter DR, and pure-play DR providers want to protect their territory and expand in both of the other directions as well.


According to a new report from Navigant Research, the number of ADR-equipped sites worldwide will grow from fewer than 217,000 in 2014 to more than 1.9 million by 2023. The report, Automated Demand Response, examines the global ADR market with a focus on two key sectors: commercial and industrial, and residential.   


On the commercial and industrial side, familiar names like Schneider, Siemens, and EnerNOC, as well as relative newcomers like REGEN Energy, all had strong presences in San Antonio.  For residential DR, Comverge, EcoFactor, and ThinkEco represented the implementation and technology field.  Also exhibiting were the companies that work to enable the utilities/grid operators to run DR programs with tools like demand response management systems, including ABB, Alstom, AutoGrid, GE, Lockheed Martin, and OATI.   Metering and data players like Landis & Gyr, Silver Spring Networks, and Sensus displayed their DR tools.