Taking Advantage of Demand Response and Time-Variable Pricing Offerings  

Education Type: 
1.5 Hours
0.2 CEU

This recorded webinar educates attendees about how they can take advantage of demand response programs and time-variable pricing offerings to save substantial amounts of money using load flexibility. It briefly reviews the ways in which electric loads can be managed (e.g., dimming lights or letting temperatures rise slightly) then moves into the breadth of demand response (DR) and time-variable pricing (TVP) offerings that are available to most facilities and how attendees can identify them.


Kevin Watson, Research Associate, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory  

Kevin Watson has worked at Berkeley Lab since 2018. He supports federal agencies by providing technical and procurement guidance for the adoption of distributed energy resources. He also works on issues related to solar photovoltaic durability during severe storm events. Prior to joining the lab, Kevin worked as a solar photovoltaic system installer and site assessor in New York and Arizona. Kevin has a Bachelor of Science in sustainable energy management from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

Phil Coleman, MS, CEM, CMVP, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory  

Phil Coleman has worked at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) since 1996. He is a technical advisor to the Federal Energy Management Program's (FEMP) ESPC program, focusing particularly on utility rates and measurement and verification of savings. Phil also spearheaded an initiative to educate federal facilities on efficiency and renewable project incentives, demand response, utilities procurement, and "rate-responsive building operation." Internationally, he has advised governments in Mexico, India, Chile, and Jordan on developing public sector energy conservation programs. Phil received his bachelor's degree from Earlham College (1986) and his master of science in energy management and policy from the University of Pennsylvania (1994). He also holds the Association of Energy Engineers' Certified Energy Manager (CEM) and Certified Measurement and Verification Professional (CMVP) designations.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this training, attendees will be able to:

  • Identify and distinguish different types of DR programs (e.g., capacity versus direct load control) and time-variable pricing offerings (e.g., time-of-use versus real-time pricing);
  • Identify ways in which electric load can be shifted (e.g., thermal energy storage) or shed (e.g., through dimming lights, letting facility temperatures rise slightly, or shutting off elevator banks);
  • Research and understand DR and TVP offerings at their facility or facilities; and
  • Recognize ways to achieve load management savings both through formal programs and conventional utility tariffs (and, where geographically relevant, via third-party power options).
Federal Agencies and Facility Criteria: