Original Article

Energy Efficiency

, Volume 6, Issue 4, pp 671-684

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Field demonstration of automated demand response for both winter and summer events in large buildings in the Pacific Northwest

  • Mary Ann PietteAffiliated withLawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Email author 
  • , Sila KiliccoteAffiliated withLawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • , Junqiao H. DudleyAffiliated withLawrence Berkeley National Laboratory


There are growing strains on the electric grid as cooling peaks grow and equipment ages. Increased penetration of renewables on the grid is also straining electricity supply systems and the need for flexible demand is growing. This paper summarizes results of a series of field test of automated demand response systems in large buildings in the Pacific Northwest. The objective of the research was twofold. One objective was to evaluate the use demand response automation technologies. A second objective was to evaluate control strategies that could change the electric load shape in both winter and summer conditions. Winter conditions focused on cold winter mornings, a time when the electric grid is often stressed. The summer test evaluated DR strategies in the afternoon. We found that we could automate both winter and summer control strategies with the open automated demand response communication standard. The buildings were able to provide significant demand response in both winter and summer events.


Demand response Automated demand response OpenADR Dynamic peak load reduction