CABA Information Series
IS-2004-12: If Buildings Could Talk: How Information Technology Can Increase Energy Efficiency and Demand Management in Buildings
This paper written by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory for the U.S. Department of Energy discusses energy management in a competitive environment. The paper describes how the demand for electricity can be controlled to avoid supply peaks and excess reserves through load management. Load management can be achieved through the installation of “smart devices” such as appliances that react to a varying price for electricity or “smart gateways” in buildings.