Grid-Responsive Active Load Management for Smart Buildings
Energy managers can leverage diverse technologies and services of market-based demand response (DR) programs to make their facilities more responsive to the power grid — helping reduce peak demand, avoid higher costs and enhance system reliability. It’s just one example of Johnson Controls leading the way to the future of green, smart buildings.
- Preventing power shortages and outages during system emergencies or severe weather.
- Easing load on the grid during periods of peak demand and/or high electricity prices.
- Ensuring a continuous, high quality supply of electricity despite fluctuations in demand and intermittency from renewable energy sources.
- Eliminating the need to build additional peaking power plants, thereby avoiding considerable expense and negative environmental impact.
Active participants in DR programs are maximizing earnings and reducing energy costs by leveraging new innovations, such as the award-winning GridConnect® software, automation technology and distributed energy storage. Often times, these participants take advantage of existing capabilities within equipment already installed on site, such as chillers, building automation systems, process controls, etc. And many forward-thinking energy managers are reinvesting DR earnings to fund additional ongoing sustainability initiatives (energy efficiency, upgrades, etc.) at their facilities, creating a virtuous cycle of social, environmental and financial benefits.
The result: Everyone wins. Energy users win by saving plus earning money through smart energy management. The power grid wins for not having to build, operate and maintain power plants that only run temporarily during peak periods. The community wins with less threat of rolling blackouts. And the planet wins because of less greenhouse gas emissions.