"Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler." - Albert Einstein

Seminar Announcement

Key Considerations for a Demand Response Design of Experiment

Tymen Schreuder, M.S. Candidate, Department of Statistics, Colorado State University

Thursday, April 1, 2010

8:30 a.m., Engineering Building, room E105

ABSTRACT

Residential electricity consumption has traditionally been provided to the electric utility in the form of monthly measurements for each home. Electric utility companies have typically been provided with limited hourly updated information to guide their real time electricity management. Recently, newer versions of electric utility ‘smart meters’ have become widely distributed throughout many regional electrical grids. These smart meters deliver informative updates in a two way manner to both the utility and to the individual consumer. Many ongoing efforts are underway to identify and study various methods that can most effectively utilize the improved communication that these smart meters provide. A method that has recently received active research and attention is referred to as ‘demand response’, in which the electric utility seeks a decrease or curtailment in electrically intensive demand from their customers. Electric distribution organizations most urgently seek assistance from their consumers during the few critical hours of a year in which it faces the most extreme stress on the electric distribution system. This paper focuses on existing efforts to study and understand the responsiveness of customers to hourly price signals. We also describe our own design of experiment for an electrical grid that is located in Northern Colorado. This electrical grid is managed by the electrical cooperative, Poudre Valley Rural Electric Association (PVREA).

Advisory Committee:

Dr. Phil Chapman, Advisor
Dr. F. Jay Breidt, Committee Member
Dr. Robin M. Reich, Forest, Rangeland & Watershed Stewardship, Outside Member