Taking Advantage of Demand Response and Time-Variable Pricing Offerings  

Education Type: 
1.5 Hours
0.2 CEU
Sponsored by: 

DOE Federal Energy Management Program - FEMP

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 is a technical advisor to the Federal Energy Management Program's energy savings performance contracting (ESPC) program, focusing particularly on utility rates and measurement and verification of savings. Also in support of FEMP, he spearheads an effort to educate federal facilities on energy project incentives, demand response, and time-variable pricing. Internationally, Phil has worked with the governments of Mexico, India, Chile, and Jordan on developing public sector energy conservation programs. He received a Master of Science in energy management and policy from the University of Pennsylvania in 1994 and 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: