Schools–NC-v4 EAc4: Demand response

  • Design your building for demand response

    Projects located in markets with an existing demand responseA change in electricity use by demand-side resources from their normal consumption patterns in response to changes in the price of electricity or to incentive payments designed to induce lower electricity use at times of high wholesale market prices or when system reliability is jeopardized. (DRDemand response: a change in electricity use by demand-side resources from their normal consumption patterns in response to changes in the price of electricity or to incentive payments designed to induce lower electricity use at times of high wholesale market prices or when system reliability is jeopardized.) program can achieve the maximum points offered by this credit. However, even buildings that can’t currently participate in a DRDemand response is a change in electricity use by demand-side resources from their normal consumption patterns in response to changes in the price of electricity or to incentive payments designed to induce lower electricity use at times of high wholesale market prices or when system reliability is jeopardized. program can still earn a point for providing infrastructure that will allow the building to take advantage of a future DR program.

    Buildings with access to an existing DR program are most likely to benefit financially from pursuing this type of strategy, due to the high cost of electricity in these markets. Also, providers typically provide financial incentives beyond any reduction in peak demand charges to encourage buildings to participate.

    Keep in mind that the credit includes a requirement to reduce demand by 10% during a response event, regardless of whether a DR program is available or not, so design your building systems and DR strategies accordingly.

    What’s New in LEED v4

    • This is a new credit.

    FAQs

    Should we test the demand response plan during commissioning?

    Yes. The requirements under both Case 1 and Case 2 state: “Include the DR processes in the scope of work for the commissioning authority, including participation in at least one full test of the DR plan.”

     

  • EA Credit 4: Demand response

    Intent

    To increase participation in demand responseA change in electricity use by demand-side resources from their normal consumption patterns in response to changes in the price of electricity or to incentive payments designed to induce lower electricity use at times of high wholesale market prices or when system reliability is jeopardized. technologies and programs that make energy generation and distribution systems more efficient, increase grid reliability, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

    Requirements

    Design building and equipment for participation in demand responseA change in electricity use by demand-side resources from their normal consumption patterns in response to changes in the price of electricity or to incentive payments designed to induce lower electricity use at times of high wholesale market prices or when system reliability is jeopardized. programs through load shedding or shifting. On-site electricity generation does not meet the intent of this credit.

    Case 1. Demand response program available (2 points)

    Participate in an existing demand response (DRDemand response: a change in electricity use by demand-side resources from their normal consumption patterns in response to changes in the price of electricity or to incentive payments designed to induce lower electricity use at times of high wholesale market prices or when system reliability is jeopardized.) program and complete the following activities.

    • Design a system with the capability for real-time, fully-automated DRDemand response is a change in electricity use by demand-side resources from their normal consumption patterns in response to changes in the price of electricity or to incentive payments designed to induce lower electricity use at times of high wholesale market prices or when system reliability is jeopardized. based on external initiation by a DR Program Provider. Semi-automated DR may be utilized in practice.
    • Enroll in a minimum one-year DR participation amount contractual commitment with a qualified DR program provider, with the intention of multiyear renewal, for at least 10% of the estimated peak electricity demand. Peak demand is determined under EA Prerequisite Minimum Energy Performance.
    • Develop a comprehensive plan for meeting the contractual commitment during a Demand Response eventA specific period of time when the utility or independent service operator calls for a change in the pattern or level of use in grid-based electricity from its program participants. Also known as a curtailment event..
    • Include the DR processes in the scope of work for the commissioningThe process of verifying and documenting that a building and all of its systems and assemblies are planned, designed, installed, tested, operated, and maintained to meet the owner's project requirements. authority, including participation in at least one full test of the DR plan.
    Case 2. Demand response program not available (1 point)

    Provide infrastructure to take advantage of future demand response programs or dynamic, real-time pricing programs and complete the following activities.

    • Install interval recording meters with communications and ability for the building automation system to accept an external price or control signal.
    • Develop a comprehensive plan for shedding at least 10% of building estimated peak electricity demand. Peak demand is determined under EA Prerequisite Minimum Energy Performance.
    • Include the DR processes in the scope of work for the commissioning authority, including participation in at least one full test of the DR plan.
    • Contact local utility representatives to discuss participation in future DR programs.

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