"demand response" articles

Paul Wattles , Sr. Analyst, Market Design & Development at Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) , offers insight into the barriers and opportunities currently impacting energy management: What are the major barriers impacting consumer adoption of energy related products and services? Low-cost electricity, the result of low natural gas prices, dilutes the business case for energy management and DR. Also, in the areas of ERCOT open to competitive choice,...
 
by Emily Shedd | Jan. 26, 2015
Tags: demand response, Internet of Things, Smart Energy Summit, smart home
Brad Paine , Director of Product Marketing, Honeywell Environmental & Combustion Controls, at Honeywell, answers several questions about the challenges and opportunities currently affecting the energy management market: What do you think is the most challenging issue for your company as it relates to the residential energy management market?  We have terrific opportunities to partner with utilities that requires some sharing of energy data. It is difficult...
 
by Emily Shedd | Jan. 26, 2015
Tags: demand response, Internet of Things, Smart Energy Summit, smart home
Barry Haaser , Managing Director for the OpenADR Alliance and President at Lakeview Group, answers several industry questions about issues that are currently affecting the energy management market: What do you think is the most challenging issue for your company as it relates to the residential energy management market? The most challenging issue for the OpenADR Alliance involves development of automated demand response (ADR) programs by utilities based on the...
 
by Emily Shedd | Jan. 22, 2015
Tags: demand response, Smart Energy Summit, smart home, thermostats
Gene Wang , CEO at People Power , responds to the industry question: “ What do you think is the most challenging issue for your company as it relates to the residential energy management market?” An inconvenient truth about the average consumer today is that they are not passionate about inconveniencing themselves in order to save a few dollars. And they are generally not willing to pay money for a lower priority benefit of energy conservation. This was a tremendous...
 
by Emily Shedd | Jan. 22, 2015
Tags: demand response, Smart Energy Summit, smart home, thermostats
Parks Associates home energy management research finds that only 30% of the 160 million meters in the United States have been upgraded to smart meters. This means that a majority of meters have no communications within U.S. broadband households. To complicate the matter further, there are over 10 million load control devices deployed using hundreds of different demand response communication approaches.  No single technology is used by more than 10% of utilities. As...
Parks Associates recently published two consumer research reports that focus on the state of the home energy and home control markets. The reports, Expanding Residential Demand Response Adoption and Winning Business Models from a Consumer Perspective , analyze the current market demand as well as strategies that could expand consumer participation and adoption in both markets. The home energy management report finds that 37% of U.S. broadband households are “very likely” to...
 
Technology within our homes is here to stay. New devices and applications seem to enrich the connected home market almost daily, and research indicates that more and more households are embracing these technological advances. However, bigger technology also means bigger energy output. Though consumers are willing to purchase and use smart devices in their homes, the adoption rate of energy-saving programs and initiatives by utility companies is not near the same rate. In fact, Parks...
 
Parks Associates announced new research finding at the 2014  Smart Energy Summit  in Austin this week. The results of a new consumer satisfaction survey report that many consumers are nervous about switching to a variable rate or time-of-use (TOU) energy program, thinking that their energy bills will increase after doing so. However, once a household adapts to off-peak consumption patterns, their bills could actually decrease. Additionally, Parks Associates research...

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