In March 2011, the Demand Response Coordinating Committee (DRCC) transitioned to become the Association for Demand Response and Smart Grid (ADS). Since then, the ADS has expanded its membership to include both Group and Individual members, and has become a true home for members of the DR and smart grid community. ADS members represent technology companies, utilities, non-profit organizations, academic institutions, government bodies, and many other demand response and smart grid professionals.

A key mission of the ADS is to develop a DR and smart grid community and to facilitate the exchange of experience and expertise among the members of that community. One of the most important ways the organization does this is through the ADS’ signature event, the National Town Meeting on Demand Response and Smart Grid.

This year’s event was held in July in Washington, DC, and brought together over 400 DR and smart grid professionals from both the US and around the world. Attendees heard from DR and smart grid leaders in an innovative and engaging roundtable format, and also received presentations from speakers on case studies, lessons learned, and best practices in the field. The Town Meeting also served as the first annual meeting for ADS members. The 2012 Town Meeting is scheduled for June 26-28 in Washington, DC.

The ADS has also begun presenting a series of webinars on current DR and smart grid topics. In September, the numerous myths that have cropped up surrounding DR and smart grid were explored and “busted” using factual information from recent pilots, studies, and programme research. In October, participants heard speakers from the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the North American Electricity Reliability Corporation (NIST) and the North American Energy Standards Board (NAESB), who provided an overview on what DR and smart grid professionals should know about their activities on interoperability, M&V, data collection and other related efforts. Future webinars in the series will explore customer care, integration of DR with energy efficiency, and the government’s involvement in DR.

More info on the ADS is at www.demandresponsesmartgrid.org

Dan Delurey, Executive Director, ADS