Sidebar: Demand-Response Resources
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Program publishes information on energy-incentive programs on a state-by-state basis but it also publishes demand-response and load-management programs. Learn more about state-level opportunities at: www.eere.energy.gove/femp/financing/energyinceptiveprograms.html.
For example, the program provides listings for public energy-efficiency programs available in Wisconsin, as well as distributed-energy resource programs. But the bulk of the listings cover demand-response programs from major utility companies: WE Energies, Xcel, Wisconsin Public Service Corp., Alliant and Madison Gas and Electric.
Also, the U.S. Green Building Council offers a program that pairs demand-response planning with LEED certification. It is called the Demand-Response Partnership Program, and consists of two parts — market-related and research-focused.
The market goals include:
- Drive adoption of demand response in institutional and commercial buildings and facilitate their participation in grid-reliability and smart-grid initiatives.
- Reduce dependency on fossil-fuel peak generation.
- Address electric-grid infrastructure and reliability needs, and act as a balancing agent for renewable generation.
Research goals of the program include:
- Develop an understanding of economic and environmental benefits of demand response and impacts
on grid reliability.
- Track and improve the persistence and repeatability of demand response.
- Develop peak-demand and demand-response benchmarking.
- Assess the current and future technologies and products that buildings, utilities and vendors require
to drive further adoption of demand response.