The design and execution of an effective Demand Response program requires a methodical analysis followed by the deployment of many layers of systems. Sustainable, long-term demand response capability is based on measurement and comparison, checks and balances, that insure that the intended plan is being executed and is delivering the expected results. This requires sound facility and energy management expertise, sufficient data to confirm compliance with the program, and methods to identify any shortcomings.

The inclusion of facility occupant and customer consideration and feedback in the Demand Response plan and in the measurement of the program’s success will help ensure the viability of the program. The successful facility will be one where the occupants are aware of the importance of the program, are informed of the occurrence of a Demand Response event, and are given, to the maximum extent practical, some means to mitigate the effect of an event on building operations and occupant comfort. Eliminating grassroots resistance to the program early on and addressing operator concerns in a timely manner will enable the facility/energy manager to concentrate on many of the other aspects of managing the program.

Courtesy of EnergyPulse