With demand response resources no longer being utilized for emergencies and instead being used to help manage grids, we can expect that the energy sources we use to evolve with it and change the future of energy. Demand response is being used by utilities and companies to manage electricity during peak hours and help communities become more energy efficient. Utility companies are implementing the practice now to save wasted energy and plan for the demands of their users. Without efficiency, homes burn through their power and the grid can see more demand than supply. What does the future of demand response look like with so many forms of energy?
Renewable Energy Will Become A Part Of Demand Response
With the increasing popularity of solar panels, generators, and other appliances that rely on or produce renewable energy, we can see utility companies managing the energy generation for these properties. That way an application can be created to ensure that the power grid can handle demand and supply more readily without failing to capitalize on energy creation. Renewable energy can help balance the power grid and supply it when demand is too much for it to handle on its own. The technology will no longer look at just assisting the power grid during demanding times, but instead help year-round.
This will drive up the opportunity for Bring Your Own Device programs. Users will want to use their own applications or devices to control the energy in their homes. The most common device seen is thermostats, where users want to select one for continued energy efficiency. Some believe that the next trend in BYOD programs will be water heaters because they can be used for energy storage. Many manufacturers are even looking to incorporate demand response capabilities in new products they develop to cater to those markets.
Natural Gas Will Continue To Become Popular As Part Of Demand Response
With the peak season fast approaching, it is essential that natural gas processing is done so efficiently and that usage is shared appropriately. Just like with renewable resources, natural gas can also be used for demand response. Though it is still in a trial phase, it is believed that it can be used for system management and planning. This will allow utilities to manage its supply better and ensuring optimal performance during the summer days when use is high.
Demand response has changed substantially from when it was first conceived; now it is being used year-round to ensure that communities receive the power they need to be sustainable. Energy and the way it is managed will continue to evolve as technology does to meet the demands of the community.