Automated Demand Response: How the internet helps the electricity grid in California

The internet, along with a yellow box full of electronics installed in your office building or commercial facility, is the key to saving energy and managing grid emergencies during those hot summer days when power is scarce.

These are the technology elements of "automated demand response." Thanks to research conducted at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, with support from the California Public Utilities Commission, the use of automated demand response ("AutoDR," for short) has been expanding in California.