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Reactive Technologies introduces cloud-based DSM service

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 08:50 -- Laura Varriale
Reactive Technologies introduces cloud-based DSM service

Britain’s smart-grid company Reactive Technologies has launched a cloud-based demand-side management (DSM) service for commercial and industrial electricity customers.

The so-called Tradenergy service is designed to manage energy consumption in a flexible and profitable way, offering recurring “risk-free” revenue streams without long-term contracts with aggregators participating in the Short Term Operating Reserve (STOR).

The DSM service uses software control to shift energy demands of each consumer in order to minimise energy consumption and enable consumers to benefit from other revenue sources.

According to Oxford-based Reactive Technologies, the Tradenergy technology increases the responsiveness and reduces operational impact by remotely optimising how and when individual electrical assets consume power.

“We believe the only cost- effective way of preventing the UK’s lights going off due to shrinking capacity margins is to focus on allowing end customers to be better prepared for the future by enabling flexibility of how and when energy is used," said Marc Borret, CEO and founder of Reactive Technologies. "Not just when the grid operator calls for it during times of grid stress or peak demand,” he added.

The company said that the DSM service replaces the need of backup diesel generators.

A study by Navigant Research forecasts that the demand response load curtailment in Europe will grow from 30.8GW in 2014 to 196.7GW in 2023.

California utilities to adopt open demand response technology standard

Wed, 01/23/2013 - 17:36 -- Ruth Williams

The US OpenADR (Open Automated Demand Response) Alliance, has announced that Californian investor-owned utilities will require the OpenADR 2.0 smart grid standard for new customers in their demand response (DR) enabling technology programmes in 2013.

ADR Alliance

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. (PG&E), San Diego Gas & Electric Co. and Southern California Edison will add OpenADR 2.0 certified products to support locational dispatch of emergency and price DR resources that allow them to manage peak demand better without the need for expensive new power plants.

OpenADR is an open global standard that enables electricity providers and system operators to automatically communicate DR signals with one another and their customers by using a common language over any existing Internet Protocol-based communications network. OpenADR standardises DR price and reliability messages that automate and simplify customer DR participation and improve DR event results.

"The availability of products' complying with the OpenADR 2.0 standard will allow us to reduce the cost and improve the performance of our AutoDR programmes," said Albert Chiu, PG&E product manager. "Using an OpenADR-based system, our customers can better manage their energy use during DR events, and the utility can minimise stranded assets at the same time. The automated system has provided PG&E and our customers a better way to manage DR resources."

 

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