Smart Energy Demand Coalition launched


Jessica Stromback,
Executive Director,
Brussels, Belgium — (METERING.COM) — March 30, 2011 – The European Smart Energy Demand Coalition (SEDC) was formally launched at a function in Brussels, Belgium last evening as an industry group dedicated to promoting the requirements of demand side programs in Europe.

The SEDC, which was constituted in November 2010, is intended to represent the entire energy value chain and cut across all segments of the electricity industry.

In a position paper which was released at the launch, the SEDC has set out its vision to promote the active participation by the demand side in European electricity markets, in order to ensure consumer benefits, increase security of supply and reduce carbon emissions.

The focus will be on promoting demand side programs, including the full range of “D3” capabilities: demand management, demand response and the demand side support of distributed generation/storage. These involve such measures as energy usage feedback and information, dynamic pricing, capacity and availability pricing, smart home, in-home and in-building automation, electric vehicle charging management, and others related to making demand a smart, interactive part of the energy value chain.

The SEDC comments that the success of the “smart” grid is very much dependent on making energy demand “smart.” However, while billions of Euros are currently being spent on the development and rollout of a variety of smart grid related technologies throughout Europe, comparatively little attention is paid to the development of the demand side programs, which could both increase the cost of the grid and reduce return to European citizens As such successful support of demand side programs should constitute a top priority issue within European regulation.

Among the main conclusions of the position paper are that aggregated electricity savings must have access to the wholesale markets and sold at the going market price, and that demand response programs are the natural partners of wind and solar generation and they ensure consumers an active place in the smart grids future. However, timing is central to long term savings. To fully realize the potential of demand side programs they should be implemented now as increased wind and solar enter the markets, and in the European energy markets commercial and industrial demand response represents the “low hanging fruit.”

Further, not to act is an action, says the SEDC. If action does not take place, in effect policy makers have decided against demand side development in their markets.

SEDC members include BPL Global, Capgemini, Cinterion, Delta, Digi International, DRSG, EDF, Electro Ljubila, eMeter, Enel, Enernoc, Entelios, ESMIG, Instituto Tecnológico de la Energía, Johnson Controls Inc, Jouleassets, Landis+Gyr, NOERR, Orange, PLMA, Prolan, Pöyry, Siemens, Silver Spring Networks, Smart Power Grid Poland, Sustainability First, The Climate Corporation, The European Demand Response Research Center, United Technologies Research Center Ireland, VaasaETT, Vodafone,  and ZigBee Alliance.