US smart grid and smart energy companies Nest, C3 Energy and Sensus have all joined the Washington-based Association for Demand Response and Smart Grid (ADS) ahead of ADS’s annual meeting this month.

The non-profit organisation, which counts policy makers, utilities and technology companies in its membership including Duke Energy, Pacific Gas & Electric, Itron and Landis+Gyr, states its aim as developing a demand response community for the exchange of information.

Nest, C3 Energy and Sensus are all speaking at the ADR’s National Town Meeting on Demand Response and Smart Grid.

Dan Delurey, executive director of ADS, commented: "C3 Energy is providing new ways for utilities to approach and analyze big data, so the company will discuss how big data can help utilities address both the threats and the opportunities that they face as the grid modernises.

"Nest Labs has recently begun to use its smart thermostats in residential demand-response programs and their head of energy products will update our members on new technologies in the DR and smart grid space.”

Meanwhile, energy insight company Navigant Research has released a report predicting that spending on automated demand response deployments will grow from US$13 million in 2014 to US$185.5 million due to the changing resource mix in electric grids, along with the drive to bring DR to smaller facilities and the opening up of new markets, such as ancillary services.

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