Recent News & Events

11/12/2009: Demand Response: The Standards Race Begins?

LBNL's OpenADR is a standard to make automated demand response and real-time power pricing quick and easy. Is the fragmented market ready for it?

11/10/2009: OpenADR Open Source Platform in Development

LAFAYETTE, CA — Nov. 10, 2009 — Utility Integration Solutions (UISOL), the utility industry business integration specialist, today announced an agreement with the U.S.

04/27/2009: Berkeley Lab Researchers Announce OpenADR Specification to Ease Saving Power in Buildings Through Demand Response

Berkeley, CA—A new data model developed by researchers at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and their colleagues at other universities and in the private sector will help facilities and buildings save power through automa

03/20/2009: On the Radio: Sustainability

No question there's plenty of bad news when it comes to the environment. Now get ready for some good news – scientists and engineers are working, right now, on some of the tools we hope will lift us out of our environmental malaise.

12/01/2008: Mystified by Automated Demand Response?

In this article, which provides a primer on Automated Demand Response (Auto‐DR) technology and results, we hope to ease the mystery that surrounds Auto‐DR and to open the door for ongoing ideas and discussions.

03/10/2008: Saving Power at Peak Hours

California needs new, responsive, demand-side energy technologies to ensure that periods of tight electricity supply on the grid don't turn into power outages.

03/10/2008: 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.

11/01/2007: Public POWER

November/December 2007, Volume 65, Number 6

07/01/2007: LBNL/CEC Auto-DR Pilot Program Success Story

At major retail stores like Ikea, there's an unusual collaboration going on between PG&E, Lawrence Berkeley Labs, system control firms, and energy consultants.

01/25/2006: Researchers Find that "Precooling" Small Commercial Buildings Can Save Energy and Help Prevent Blackouts

Engineers have developed a method for "precooling" small office buildings and reducing energy consumption during times of peak demand, promising not only to save money but also to help prevent power failures during hot summer days.

01/17/2006: Researchers Study Energy-Saving Method for Small Office Buildings


10/31/2005: Berkeley Lab Researchers Find Reliable Power Savings in Automated Demand Response Tests

Berkeley, Calif.—Using two different kinds of communication technology to test automated demand response during the summer of 2004, researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory found up to four MW of savings at 18 sites consisting of 36 bui

06/22/2005: New Thinking Needed on Demand Response

Despite support at the federal level, incorporation of demand response into utilities' resource procurement and tariffs has had very limited uptake.

08/01/2004: Electrical Demands Spark Power-Monitoring Technology

SUMMER IS THE SEASON of higher temperatures and rising electrical demands. It is also a time when the nation’s electrical grid experiences its heaviest burden, increasing the likelihood of power outages.

07/01/2004: Berkeley Lab to Operate Demand Response Research Center

BERKELEY, CA —The California Energy Commission is providing $8 million in funding over three years for a new Demand Response Research Center (DRRC) that will be managed by the U.S.

06/30/2004: Berkeley Lab to Operate PIER Demand Response Research Center for California Energy Commission

BERKELEY, CA — The California Energy Commission is providing $8 million in funding over three years for a new Demand Response Research Center (DRRC) that will be managed by the U.S.

06/29/2004: Reducing Electricity for Buildings with XML

Even if new buildings are connected to Internet, they usually don't communicate between themselves. And when it comes to electricity, these buildings are selfish and consume what they want without any coordination.

06/25/2004: Internet Boosts Power Grid IQ

Despite decades of advances in building controls, electric grid management tools and communications technology, buildings remain fairly isolated and uncoordinated consumers of electricity.

02/09/2004: Lab Reports Gains on Web-based Demand Response System

Researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory said last week they have wrapped up a successful trial run of an Internet-based system designed to avoid blackouts and help large electricity users cut their bills — without utility operators or buil

02/02/2004: Multi-Building Internet Demand-Response Control System: the First Successful Test

BERKELEY, CA Researchers at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have completed the first successful test to evaluate automated demand response at five large building facilities.