Honeywell is demonstrating, on a utility program scale, commercial acceptance of automated demand response (autoDR) working with Southern California Edison (SCE) and Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E). Honeywell is providing a turnkey utility-style program effort to sign up and implement technology for commercial and industrial customers whose average electric load exceeds 200 kW. Large-scale customer adoption of autoDR enables SCE and PG&E to initiate and automatically execute customized load shedding and other strategies in response to peak load event notifications or price signals. Honeywell provides all aspects of customer delivery for the autoDR program, including customer audits, installation of customer-sited automated load control devices, and recommendations for optimal demand response strategies.
This project coincides with the California utilities’ adoption of critical peak pricing (CPP). CPP is a mandatory tariff for new, large commercial customers that will push electric rates approximately 10 times higher during high electric demand days, but offers customers a lower daily rate for non critical peak days.