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Conduit ED: DR/DER Wrap-up Article

Created 8/20/2018 by Conduit ED
Updated 8/22/2018 by Stephanie Lane
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This is the end of the Demand Response and Distributed Energy Resources Conduit ED series. You made it!  

For the past 5 weeks, we’ve learned all about DR/DER. We’re including here the key takeaways.

What is DR?: Demand response (DR) refers to the tools and strategies used by utilities to balance out peaks and valleys in energy consumption.

What are DER’s?: Distributed energy resources (DERs) are small, modular, energy-generation and storage technologies that provide electric capacity—or energy—where you need it. DER technologies include wind turbines, photovoltaics (PV), fuel cells, micro turbines, reciprocating engines, combustion turbines, cogeneration, and energy-storage systems.

What’s the connection between residential products, like smart thermostats and water heaters, and DR?: Residential products such as smart thermostats and water heaters can integrate with DR programs in a range of ways, from instigating behavioral changes in energy use to reducing grid demand through technical features.

How does DR work with Agricultural Irrigation?: From a DR perspective, enabling center-pivot and linear-move irrigation systems to respond to demand-response events can take a variety of forms, from shutting off one or more pumps at specific times or turning off certain pivots in response to events. 

What are intermittent energy resources, and how do they couple with DR?: Strategies that can supplement existing grid capacity, often by storing surplus energy during off-peak hours. Because these resources aren’t constantly available and predictable, they’re referred to as intermittent energy resources, however, these energy-storage devices create opportunities to leverage intermittent resources, such as wind and solar generators, efficiently and in ways that impact the grid system more consistently.

Thank you for completing the series! We appreciate your time, along with your comments and questions.

Please let us know what you thought about the series by taking this quick Conduit poll: https://conduitnw.org/Pages/Poll.aspx?rid=75

Did you miss an article? Check out the links below so you can get caught up:

Week 1: Getting Started with Demand Response and Distributed Energy Resources

Week 2: Demand Response and Residential Products

Week 3: Demand Response and Agricultural Irrigation

Week 4: Intermittent Energy Resources and Battery Storage

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If we didn’t answer your questions about Demand Response or Distributed Energy Resources in this series, please share them below as comments.

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