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Blue Pillar: Why Your Critical Facility Should Participate in Emergency Demand Management
Nov. 24, 2015 — Demand Response was first introduced in the United States during the 1970s to encourage residential consumers to reduce the amount of energy they used from periods of peak demand to off-peak.
Since then, the amount of demand placed on the grid has increased. But there have also been significant advances in technology and the introduction of a number of new programs, which can increase the grid's resiliency while benefiting critical facilities that require 100 percent uptime.
In a two-part blog series, Blue Pillar’s Eric Reichel takes a deeper look into Emergency Demand Management programs available today as they relate to — and benefit — critical and complex facilities in order to dispel some myths, including why Emergency Demand Management programs should not be confused with Demand Response.
Part I explores how an Emergency Demand Management program differs from enrollment in a traditional DR program because it does not require you to change your facility’s electricity use. Enrollment in Emergency Demand Management can be achieved without having to adjust energy use, impact occupant comfort, or touch the building’s thermostats or ventilation systems.
Part II takes a deeper look into Emergency Demand Management, dispels common misperceptions, and explores four benefits of participating in an Emergency Demand Management program.