London (PRWEB UK) 15 June 2013
Demand Response (DR) technologies allow utilities to talk to devices inside the customer premise. They include such things as load control devices, smart thermostats and home energy consoles. They are essential to allow customers to reduce or shift their power use during peak demand periods. Demand response solutions play a key role in several areas: pricing, emergency response, grid reliability, infrastructure planning and design, operations, and deferral.
According to a report from Navigant Research, there are at least 1,342 Demand Response (DR) programmes underway worldwide. These are programmes aimed at achieving stability on the electricity grid by ensuring that demand does not exceed supply. While in the last ten years, utilities and grid operators have adopted new technologies and practices for DR schemes, the vast majority - 95% - are in North America.
However, DR is also showing increasing adoption in other regions, particularly in Europe. Against this backdrop, SMi’s 2nd annual European Demand Response and Dynamic Pricing conference will take an in-depth look into the latest initiatives from an array of European Utilities aiming to replicate the Demand Response success of their US counterparts such as the Ofgem-funded Low Carbon Network projects and others, such as those taking place in France. Furthermore, the latest research developments on heat storage and the new OpenADR Communications protocol to improve interoperability will be explored with case studies provided by senior industry figures from companies at the forefront of Demand Response innovation in Europe.
Expert Speakers include:
Adam Cooper, Associate Partner - Sustainable Energy Policy, Ofgem
Craig Dyke, Strategy Development Manager, National Grid
Chris Harris, Head of Retail Regulation, RWE Npower
Bernard Delpech, Executive Vice President R&D, EDF
Simon Brooke, Low Carbon Projects Manager, Electricity North West
Sanna Atherton, Innovation and Low Carbon Networks Engineer, Western Power Distribution
Jim Cardwell, Head of Regulation & Strategy, Northern Powergrid
Marianne Hedin, Senior Research Analyst, Navigant Research
For more information, visit http://www.smi-online.co.uk/2013demand-response35.asp
Alternatively, contact Aaron Jackson on tel: +44 (0) 20 7827 6064 or email ajackson(at)smi-online(dot)co(dot)uk