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Demand-Side Management

Established in 1993, the this Agreement works to deliver useful information and effective guidance for crafting and implementing demand-side policies and measures, as well as technologies and applications that facilitate energy system operations or needed market transformations.  The work programme is organised into two clusters: the load shape cluster which includes Tasks that seek to impact the shape of the load curve over very short (minutes-hours-days) to longer (days-week-season) time periods; and the load level cluster which includes Tasks that seek to shift the load curve to lower demand levels or shift loads from one energy system to another.

Signatories : Austria | Belgium | Finland | France | India | Italy | Korea, Republic of | Netherlands | New Zealand | Norway | Spain | Sweden | Switzerland | United Kingdom | United States | European Copper Institute | Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP) |
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Current Projects (Annexes)

Task 16. Competitive Energy Services - Phase 3 - Energy Efficiency and Demand Response Services
The work of the new IEA DSM Task XVI, Competitive Energy Services, will build upon the recently completed work of IEA DSM Task X, Performance Contracting. IEA DSM Task X identified problems and opportunities and suggested a number of concrete actions, including raising the general credibility of Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) through targeted information, demonstration projects, accreditation of ESCOs, special performance guarantees and process and procurement guidelines. The new work will go a step further by taking a more product oriented approach, in other words, transforming the knowledge gathered into concrete products (e.g., manuals, training sessions, etc.).

To contribute to the market development of energy services, this new work will:

Establish an IEA DSM energy services expert platform to disseminate information and provide services (e.g., coaching and training) in the field of energy services.

Design, elaborate and test innovative energy services and financing models and then to publish them as a series of manuals.

Develop and follow up country specific activities for implementing energy services in the market with a focus on selected market segments, such as public buildings and private service buildings.

International dissemination: Offering expertise and initiating joint projects and services with other international organisations.


Task 17. Integration of Demand Side Management, Energy Efficiency, Distributed Generation and Renewable Energy Sources
The main objective of the proposed Task is to study how to achieve the optimal integration of flexible demand (Demand Response, Demand Side Management) with Distributed Generation, Energy Storages and Smart Grids, and thus increase the value of Demand Response, Demand Side Management and Distributed Generation and decrease problems caused by intermittent distributed generation (mainly based on RES) in the physical electricity systems and at the electricity market. The Task deals with integration aspects both at local (distribution network and customer) level and at transmission system level where large wind farms are connected.


Task 20. Branding of Energy Efficiency
The Proposed Task is expected to develop significant understanding of barriers associated with branding of energy efficiency, and strategies to overcome those barriers. The task has been proposed with belief that it should be possible to reverse the fortunes of the energy efficiency products and services, if successful branding is achieved. Branding of energy efficiency products and services would increase their visibility and credibility. The proposed task will explore the avenues available to national governments to promote branding of energy efficiency.


Task 21. Standardisation of Energy Savings Calculations
The overall aim of Task XXI is to identify basic concepts, calculation rules and systems for Energy Savings Calculations (ESC) standards. Additional a methodology should be developed to nominate and describe the several Demand Response products. Within this framework of basic concept and calculation rules also the relation to reduction of the environmental impacts in greenhouse gas emissions from energy savings should be incorporated. The Task will also explore how an by what type of organisations these standards could be use and improved to increase international comparable evaluation of policies and measures.


Task 16. Competitive Energy Services (Energy Contracting ESCo Services)
The IEA DSM ExCo has decided an extension of Task XVI for a three year period from July 2009 to June 2012. Objectives of Task XVI-Extension: In order to contribute to the future market development of Energy Contracting the objectives of Task XVI are: 1. To establish an IEA DSM energy services expert platform 2. To design, elaborate and test innovative energy contracting and financing models and publish them 3. To support and follow up country specific activities to disseminate and implement energy services in the market 4. To position the expert platform as a competence centre for energy services for international and national dissemination and assistance services (e.g. coaching, training courses, publications) and to contribute to an “IEA DSM Centre of Excellence” The underlying goal is to increase understanding of Energy Contracting as a tool to implement energy efficiency projects: Pros and cons, potentials, limits and added values of ESCo products in comparison to in-house implementation.


Task 23. Role of the Demand Side in Delivering Effective Smart Grids
The current pace of change within the electricity supply industry worldwide is unprecedented. The wide ranging measures being implemented to reduce the emissions of greenhouse gas emissions, particularly the wide-scale deployment of time variable renewable generation, presents a number of challenges in relation to the balance of supply and demand. No longer is it considered viable for electricity to be provided ‘on demand’ in response to the requirements of end-users. Rather, a co-ordinated approach is required whereby energy production and demand are integrated to ensure the use of renewables can be optimised whilst also minimising the use fossil fired generation and network infrastructure investment. Such an approach is the essence of the Smart Grid concept. Whilst there is considerable focus on the technological aspects of delivering Smart Grids, little is understood of the extent to which consumers are willing to embrace new technologies and initiatives that enable their use of energy to be actively managed. There is a real risk that if customers do not adopt new approaches to the way that they consume electricity, Smart Grids may not be able to achieve their full potential Therefore, a new Task has been set up to focus on investigating the role of consumers in delivering effective Smart Grids.


Task 24. Closing the loop: Behaviour change in DSM - from theory to policies and practice
The main objective of this project is to create a global expert network and design a framework to allow policymakers, funders of DSM programmes, researchers and DSM implementers to: •Create and enable an international expert network interacting with countries’ expert networks •Provide a helicopter overview of behaviour change models, frameworks, disciplines, contexts, monitoring and evaluation metrics •Provide detailed assessments of successful applications focussing on participating/sponsoring countries’ needs (smart meters, SMEs, transport, built environment (in particular, refurbishment and/or renovations)) •Create an internationally validated monitoring and evaluation template •Break down silos and enable mutual learning on how to turn good theory into best practice