From alerting consumers to autonomously adjusting energy systems, there are a wide range of companies using demand response to reduce energy usage during peak hours. We identified five.
During peak energy usage hours, demand for electricity surges. As a result, utilities often must use dirty energy sources that can be fired up quickly, like coal peaker plants. Not only are these sources bad for the environment, the high voltages also create stress to the electric grid and are expensive for customers.
Demand response companies attempt to proactively reduce the demand for energy during these times. They approach the problem in a wide range of ways, from granting customers cashback rewards for limiting usage to autonomously adjusting energy controls to increase efficiency.