Webinar: DR and Smart Grid Mythbusting

Presented by the Association for Demand Response and Smart Grid
Friday, September 23, 2020
1:00pm – 2:30pm EST

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Webinar Description:
This Webinar will reprise one of the most popular sessions from the July 2011 National Town Meeting on Demand Response and Smart Grid.  The Webinar will focus on what many characterize as myths (i.e. ideas that are widely held but which the facts don’t support).  These speakers, or “Mythbusters,” will take on some long-standing issues as well as some new ones.

What you will take away from this Webinar:

  • You will be given information on how to talk about these myths when you encounter them in your day-to-day work.
  • You will learn about some myths you may not have encountered yet but likely will.
  • You will come away with data-backed “nuggets” you will want to include in your presentations, filings, reports, etc.

Among the myths we will be busting are the following:

  • The only thing DR is good for is peak management.
  • Low income customers will be hurt by smart grid deployment and time-based pricing.
  • Low income customers don’t respond to price signals and DR programs.
  • NIST is developing a new set of standards.
  • People will march in the streets if they are put on default dynamic pricing.
  • Smart grid requires an entirely new and unique set of privacy safeguards.
  • Effort is needed to get people to understand the term “DR.”
  • Smart meters are equivalent to cell phones in terms of their potential adverse health effects.
  • Impacts from dynamic pricing won’t persist (across days or across years).
  • You’ll never get more than a few percent of customers to sign up for time varying rates.

Chris King
, Chief Regulatory Officer - eMeter
Steve George
, Principal - Freeman, Sullivan & Co.
Ahmad Faruqui
, Principal - The Brattle Group

Dan Delurey, Executive Director - ADS

For more information: 
Jenny Senff, Manager, Programs and Outreach
[email protected]

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