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Welcome to the Association for Demand Response & Smart Grid!

Case Study: National Grid

This narrative-style case study, the fifth on its series, goes behind the scenes to examine the goals, reasoning, and processes used to design and evaluate a utility's program offerings and tools.


This case study is based on interviews with employees of National grid, and other stakeholders involved, about the utility’s Non-Wires Alternatives pilot, which began in 2012 in Rhode Island.

View the National Grid case study here.


ADS Webinar


During our recent Webinar, entitled “The Effects of 111(d) and Order 745 on DR & Smart Grid” that was held on on Tuesday, July 8, we heard from experts on what these two recent developments mean for our industry. View the presentation slides and a recording of the webinar here.


National Town Meeting 2015



The 2015 National Town Meeting on Demand Response and Smart Grid® will be held on May 26-28, 2015 in Washington, D.C. Attendees will come together to hear from experts, learn about cutting edge topics, and discuss what is needed to move demand response and smart grid forward. You can find out more about the event here.

Griddie Winners Announced

Who won a Griddie®?

View the winners and finalists here!

Everyone in the DR and smart grid community has witnessed a dramatic shift in the importance of engagement with consumers and stakeholders in recent years. The Association for Demand Response & Smart Grid (ADS) once again gave companies a chance to share what their organization has contributed to the discussion.

For the third year, ADS issued a “Call for Creative” in conjunction with the 11th annual National Town Meeting on Demand Response and Smart Grid (May 19-21, 2014). Similar to a “Call For Papers,” this was an opportunity for marketing and communications departments, non-profit advocacy groups, technology companies, creative agencies, public relations firms, and professionals to submit work that they have done or plan to do that is inspiring for other practitioners, stakeholders, and policymakers. We came up with new categories to showcase other aspects of our challenge.



Welcome to ADS!

Over the past decade or more, there has been tremendous growth in the number of individuals that consider themselves to be demand response and smart grid professionals, yet there has been no organization for these people to join as individuals.

The Demand Response Coordinating Committee (DRCC) was a 501 c (3) non-profit organization whose mission has been to increase the knowledge base in the U.S. on demand response and to facilitate the exchange of information and expertise among demand response practitioners and policy makers. It later adopted smart grid as part of its charter as it recognized early that demand response and smart grid were necessarily intertwined, and that demand response was one of the primary ways that the smart grid would be “put into action.” Since the DRCC formed in 2004, it offered only corporate and organizational memberships.

As of March 14, 2011, the DRCC has been known as the Association for Demand Response & Smart Grid (ADS). Technology companies, utilities, non-profit organizations, academic institutions, and other entities are welcome, but ADS is now also a membership association for demand response and smart grid professionals.

Learn how to become a member of ADS here.


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