07 Oct '11, 5pm

Is Europe Ready for Automated Demand Response?: Can Europe catch up to the United States’ lead in demand respo...

Is Europe Ready for Automated Demand Response?: Can Europe catch up to the United States’ lead in demand respo...

Can Europe catch up to the United States’ lead in demand response? Maybe, but if it does, it’s going to look a lot different than it does across the Atlantic. That’s because demand response as defined in the U.S. -- that is, turning down power use to restrain peak power demand during hot afternoons -- isn’t the same demand-reduction problem facing most of Europe. Rather, it’s a need to cut carbon emissions, avoid congestion on power lines, and perhaps most critically, integrate the massive shares of intermittent wind and solar power coming online over the next decade. These kinds of power demand management challenges are hard for traditional demand response to manage. But they’re a perfect fit for the next generation of demand response technology, which promises to speed up, automate and integrate power-reduction technologies with the smart grid at large. That’s the goal o...

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