The Interoperability of Demand Response Resources Demonstration in NY was awarded to Con Edison in 2009 as part of DOE's Smart Grid Demonstration Project (SGDP) grants funded by the Recovery Act. The objective of the project was to develop and demonstrate methodologies to enhance the ability of customer sited demand response resources, both conventional and renewable, to integrate more effectively with electric delivery companies. In order to achieve the project objective, interoperability between the delivery company and the demand response resources was achieved by integrating the operations of a demand response service provider, a large multi-facility retail customer, and a delivery company.

The electric delivery company in this project, Con Edison, is dedicated to lowering costs, improving reliability and customer service, and reducing its impact on the environment for its customers. These objectives also align with the policy objectives of New York State as a whole. To help meet these objectives, Con Edison’s long-term vision for the distribution grid relies on the successful integration and control of a growing penetration of distributed resources, including demand response resources and distributed generation. This interoperability project provides an example of how these demand response resources can be integrated into the operations of the utility and the value of these resources and their integration to customers.

The project focused on four main components: the Demand Response Command Center, the incremental Building Control Unit, the Thermal Storage Plant, and the Virtual Generator. All of these components were designed and configured to provide value to both the electric delivery company and the customer. The project ultimately showed that customer sited demand response resources can successfully be integrated into electric delivery company operation.