Written by: Marta Schantz
On May 10th 2018, the Association of Energy Services Professionals (AESP) Mid-Atlantic Region Chapter (MARCh) held a fantastic spring symposium on Innovations in Demand Response (DR) Programs. Waypoint Energy team member Marta Schantz, being a Washington DC local, attended the Pepco Holdings Inc. (PHI)-hosted event and was not disappointed.
Demand response programs are evolving. Innovative program designs, new technologies, and the integration of DR with other mainstream offerings like energy efficiency have allowed for greater customer participation and new demand management opportunities for utilities. And its not just residential smart thermostat DR programs leading the way. Large and Small C&I customers are participating, and even natural gas DR programs are being piloted.
The AESP MARCh assembled utility experts from across the Mid-Atlantic top cover these DR topics – the panel not only presented the brightest minds on demand response, but also happened to be all-female!
Poornima Eber, Senior Demand Response Strategy Analyst, National Grid
Shira Horowitz, Demand Response Manager, Con Edison
Amanda Janaskie, Behavioral and Demand Response Product Manager, Baltimore Gas & Electric
Susan Marinelli, Senior Energy Efficiency Program Manager, Pepco Holdings
Ruth Kiselewich, Strategic Programs Director, ICF
Discussion included the challenges and best practices for integrating DR and energy efficiency (EE) programs, innovative targeted DR programs, DR as non-wire and non-pipe solutions, and harnessing the power of new technologies such as smart thermostats and other smart devices.
While the concept of integrating DR and EE is not necessarily new, integrated Demand Side Management (iDSM) is still not yet commonplace among utilities. When the DR and EE program stovepipes of a utility aren’t working together, a lot of opportunities for overall demand-side management are missed. Waypoint is a proponent of “energy efficiency first, demand response second” so that both the utility sees reduced demand and the customer sees reduced costs. An iDSM collaboration is a force to be reckoned with, both in the residential and commercial markets.
Marta Schantz from Waypoint Energy will be presenting on demand response and managing utility demand charges at the upcoming Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) National Conference this June in San Antonio – if you’ll be in attendance, make sure to swing to by and learn more about what commercial buildings can do to manage their demand!