Demand response (DR) refers to targeted, short-term reductions in energy consumption during times of peak demand in exchange for financial incentives. DR is most commonly implemented in the industrial sector, where energy use is high and peak energy demand comes at a significant cost to utilities and the grid itself. However, as distributed energy resources and renewables become mainstream, DR programs will play an increasingly important role in balancing energy demand within the residential energy sector as well. Despite having a lower individual energy consumption per site, the potential to exploit demand flexibility for home appliances can contribute to grid load balancing and demand shaping.

To exploit this untapped potential, the RESPOND project will deploy an interoperable energy automation, monitoring and control solution that will deliver demand response at a building unit, building and district level. Using smart energy monitoring infrastructure, RESPOND will be able to detect energy conservation opportunities and adapt to indoor and outdoor conditions, and comfort levels in real time through optimal energy dispatching, taking both supply and demand into account.

Key information

Start date: January 2017
End date: January 2020
Source of funding: EU Horizon 2020  
EU / H2020 Grant Agreement No.: 768619