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Request for Participation Summer 2004 Automated Demand Response Test for Large Facilities

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) is recruiting energy and facility managers of large facilities to participate in the 2004 Automated Demand Response (Auto-DR) research project. This project builds on the methods used in LBNL’s 2003 Auto-DR tests.

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Background: The California Energy Commission and LBNL are studying the ability of facilities to reduce electricity demand temporarily through implementation and testing of Auto-DR. Auto-DR is being evaluated in terms of its potential to flatten out the grid load shape on peak days, help avoid blackouts like those that occurred in California (2001) and the Northeast (2003), and lower costs to ratepayers. Demand response has been identified as an important element of the State of California’s Energy Action Plan, which was developed by the California Energy Commission (CEC), California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), and Consumer Power and Conservation Financing Authority (CPA).

Benefits to Participants: The Auto-DR tests may help prepare your facility and staff for current and future programs that offer financial incentives for DR. Results from the test will be presented at various conferences, and in trade and academic journals.

Site requirements:

Baseline technical requirements:

Shed Strategies: Strategies such as global zone temperature setpoint setup/setback, duct static pressure setpoint reduction, cooling valve limits, lighting reductions, shutting off non-critical fans or pumps are all valid. Each site’s facility staff should consider these and other strategies that are best suited to their facility. The amount of load shed must be measurable using the metering equipment as outlined above.

Figure 1. Overview of system architecture

Figure 1. Overview of system architecture

Test Description:

PlantPROCORE Implementation and staff requirements: A hand-off package and technical support will be available to each project team (In some cases an Internet controlled relay may also be provided). The hand-off package will include examples of how to make simple programming changes to the EMCS to enable the desired results.

Payment: The research team is providing the hand-off package and technical support to each facility. The facilities are responsible for the labor required to implement this project at their site.

Schedule:

To sign-up and/or request more information, please contact:

Dave Watson     510 486-5562     dswatson@lbl.gov
Nance Matson     510 486-7328     nematson@lbl.gov
Or send e-mail to: demandresponse@lbl.gov

This project will be conducted through the PIER Demand Response Research Center (see drrc.lbl.gov ). For more information on Energy Information Systems see http://buildings.lbl.gov/hpcbs/Pubs.html. Web-based Energy Information Systems for Energy Management and Demand Response in Commercial Buildings, Motegi, N., M.A. Piette, S. Kinney, and K. Herter, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. April 2003, LBNL Report 52510.

 

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