RESPOND project : Towards Energy-Positive Neighborhoods with Demand Response


Summer 2019

RESPOND will deploy and demonstrate an interoperable, cost-effective and user-centered demand response (DR) solution for energy positive neighborhoods.

Nowadays, society must be sustainable at every level, including residential buildings. To address this issue, the European Commission relies on projects like RESPOND, which aims to implement the innovative Demand Response (DR) programs in residential areas.

The DR concept can be defined as the intentional modification of normal consumption patterns by end-use customers in response to incentives from electricity grid operators. It is designed to lower electricity use at times of high wholesale market prices or when system reliability is threatened. Demand response requires consumers to either actively respond to signals from the operator or, in what may be a more appealing option, to make use of automated solutions to enter into contracts with service providers.

You may have heard of the DR concept in the industrial sector, where energy demand is high and cost savings are being sought. Moreover, this is not the only significant sector when it comes to energy demand.

Energy consumption in residential areas across Europe accounts for 40% of the total Union's energy demand. That is why the European Commission has set itself the target of reducing its energy consumption by 32.5% in 2030.

This led to projects such as RESPOND, that follow a long-term strategy for a Cleaner Planet and a more sustainable energy system for all.

The main focus of the project is the introduction of Active Residential Demand Management as a tool to contribute to a more sustainable society.

And how should we implement Active Demand Management programs in residential areas?

The aim is to go beyond the usual energy management protocols in residential areas and achieve a sustainable energy system in the long term. Although the implementation of Demand Response in the residential sector is still in its early stages, there is an enormous untapped potential. This will lead to better operational energy management, a change in consumer behavior and savings improvement.

Through the implementation of Demand Response programs, a number of initiatives that give energy consumers the opportunity to intentionally change their consumption habits can be promoted. This change in consumer behavior may be the result of energy price variation during peak demand.

As for the RESPOND Project, what exactly will the implementation of Demand Response in residential areas mean?

  • Implementing cooperative demand management to maximize the use of common energy resources.
  • Improve building occupants' commitment to energy demand and consumption.
  • Improve the comfort of building occupants, reducing energy consumption.
  • And ensuring system integration and interoperability.

That will result in energy and cost savings for stakeholders along the entire energy supply chain, and, if combined with local renewable energy production and storage, it will also lead to a significant reduction in peak demands, resulting in energy and cost savings for electricity grid operators.

Contact details:
Andreu Pagès
R&D Project Manager at DEXMA
Under Grant Agreement Nº: 768619