The Citizens Utility Board (CUB) and Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) are working with state regulators to try and capitalize on the Energy Infrastructure Modernization Act, passed in 2011 by the Illinois General Assembly, and help utilities gain greater control over peak energy load, increase electric grid resiliency, and achieve cost savings from energy efficiency. They believe that in order for the smart grid to work in Illinois, customers need choices that will allow them to use power more efficiently.
The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), Sierra Club, and other environmental groups and consumer advocate offices in six states and the District of Columbia, have filed a petition with the Supreme Court to hear an appeal of a lower court ruling that invalidated Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Order 745 – an essential tool for grid operators to help balance supply and demand.
The Polar Vortex was an important event for the United States -- not just because of the historical significance, but also because it tested the infrastructure of the country. The weather event that swept through the Midwest in 2014 tested many utilities, including Northern Illinois's ComEd -- as well as their customers.
New York's Con Edison has some attractive incentives to offer the owners of large commercial buildings who participate in the utility's summer demand response (DR) programs.
A trade organization of demand response (DR) providers and customers is pushing Texas state legislators to require more support for energy savings programs and loosen up technical requirements they say are preventing DR programs from growing.
Ameren Missouri has submitted its new energy-efficiency programs to regulators. If approved, the utility expects to invest about $135 million over three years and anticipates that investment will yield customer energy savings of more than $260 million over 20 years.
It has been well-documented that New England residents are seeing higher and higher electric bills as a result of inadequate capacity in the region's natural gas pipelines. To slow those price hikes, Connecticut regulators are pushing for more distributed generation to help meet power needs, in addition to energy-efficiency measures.
Traditionally, when demand for electricity fluctuates, utilities have met that demand with generating units by adjusting the supply of power. The Hawaiian Electric Companies (HECO) are embarking on a project that will meet daily energy needs through demand response, allowing the utility to adjust to help maintain the balance between supply and demand.
Utilities in the United States have run residential direct load control (DLC) programs as forms of demand management for many years, but the development of smart grid technology -- particularly advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) and smart, two-way communicating thermostats -- is enabling utilities globally to offer residential demand response programs.
Until effective energy storage arrives, could aggregated demand management be the answer to the rising use of intermittent renewables and squeezed reserve margins?