Demand Response and Load Management  

Education Type: 
Live On-Site
2 Hours
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM (MT)

Denver, CO

0.20 CEUs

This pre-event workshop will provide information and best practices on cost-saving opportunities from demand response (DR) and site-based load management. These cost-saving strategies are largely underutilized by the federal government and can often save 10% or more on a site's electricity bills. The workshop will:

  • Cover common approaches to DR, including participation in conventional DR programs offered by both independent system operators/regional transmission organizations (ISO/RTOs) and vertically integrated utilities;
  • Include load-management strategies using conventional utility tariffs or dynamic pricing;
  • Offer a brief overview of the strategies, methods, and best practices used by experienced facility managers;
  • Explain ways in which federal sites have been able to obtain—and retain (for their own use)—these savings, including federal-specific procurement mechanisms; and
  • Make the argument that this largely "unturned stone" of federal cost savings is almost always available in one form or another to any federal facility with a peak load of roughly 500 kW or more.


Phil Coleman, Research Analyst/Program Manager, 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) energy savings performance contracting (ESPC) program, focusing particularly on utility rates and measurement and verification of savings. Also in support of FEMP, Phil spearheads an effort to educate federal facilities about incentives for efficiency and renewable projects, demand response, utilities procurement, and "rate-responsive" building operation. Internationally, he has advised governments in Mexico, India, Chile, and Jordan about developing public sector energy conservation programs. Phil routinely advises federal facilities on demand response and dynamic pricing strategies. He also collaborates with the government's main utility procurement experts at GSA and DLA to promote and hone these approaches.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this workshop, attendees will:

  • Understand what DR is in its broadest sense, including not only participation in conventional DR programs from ISO/RTOs but also load management toward lowering conventional demand (and sometimes ISO/RTO capacity) programs;
  • Realize the multitudes of ways in which DR and load management can be conducted, such as curtailing HVAC via BASs, shutting down elevator banks, dimming lights, etc.;
  • Understand the various means by which federal facilities can sign up for DR programs and accept and retain the proceeds for their own sites; and
  • Recognize the potential for DR and load management at their own sites and know what research needs to be done to make a fully informed participation choice.
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