Demand Response Partnership Program expands

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The Demand Response Partnership Program (DRPP) has expanded with the addition of Enerliance, the company behind the LOBOS automated demand response platform, as a technology solution provider.

The DRPP, an initiative of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) and the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), is currently involved in further developing the guidelines for LEED Pilot Credit 8: Demand Response.

As a research partner, Enerliance will share data and experience pertaining to HVAC demand response.

“We are pleased to announce this exciting new partnership with Enerliance,” said USGBC vice president, LEED, Brendan Owens. “Working together, along with our research partners, we will be able to take a much needed look at the interrelationships between energy demand, energy efficiency, demand response, and the commercial building sector.”

After the building operator establishes the desired demand response to be delivered, LOBOS, through a computerized process, automatically responds to the utility signal initiating a demand response event. During the event, LOBOS allocates HVAC resources throughout the building while continually calibrating the HVAC system to maintain demand reduction relative to the utility baseline. Today, buildings equipped with LOBOS deliver more than 20 MW of automated response capacity to the Southern California electric grid. If the system were deployed in compatible buildings nationwide it could offer more than 25 GW of automated demand response power reduction.

The DRPP is aimed to bring together utilities and technology solution providers plus owners and managers of LEED registered and certified buildings, with the end goal of increasing participation in demand response and smart grid programs. Other members are Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), Skipping Stone and the utility hosts Southern California Edison (SCE) and NV Energy.