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Welcome to the Association for Demand Response & Smart Grid!

National Town Meeting

Registration for the 2014 National Town Meeting is now open. Register today to take advantage of discounted advanced prices! 

The 2014 National Town Meeting on Demand Response and Smart Grid® will be held on May 19-21, 2014 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 upcoming event here.

Griddie Awards

Who will win a Griddie®?

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) is once again giving 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 is 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’ve come up with new categories to showcase other aspects of our challenge.

ADS Announces members

DTE Energy, Consumers Energy, and Nexant Join the Association for DR & Smart Grid

(Washington, DC – February 5, 2014) Three more leaders in demand response and smart grid have joined the Association for Demand Response & Smart Grid (ADS), the national DR and smart grid organization. They come aboard as ADS prepares for the upcoming National Town Meeting on Demand Response and Smart Grid ( The new members are DTE Energy, Consumers Energy, and Nexant.

Read the press release here.

ADS Announces new board members

(Washington, DC – January 23, 2014)  The Association for Demand Response & Smart Grid (ADS) announced today the election of several individuals to its Board of Directors. ADS is a non-profit organization based in Washington, DC, that focuses on development and exchange of information among policymakers, utilities, technology companies, and other stakeholders. It includes as members companies and organizations, as well as individuals, who work in or are interested in the DR and smart grid space.

The new Directors are:
  • Mike Alexander (Pacific Gas & Electric)
  • Ward Camp (Landis+Gyr)
  • Seth Frader-Thompson (EnergyHub)
  • Ted Reguly (San Diego Gas & Electric)
  • Judith Schwartz (To the Point)
  • Howard Smith (Alabama Power)

Read more here.

New ADS Case Studies Released 

ADS has released two new case studies. These narrative-style case studies go behind the scenes to examine the goals, reasoning, and processes used to design and evaluate utilities' program offerings and tools.


One case study is based on interviews with employees of Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) about the utility’s “SmartRate™” program, which began in 2008 and now enrolls 100,000 customers in critical peak pricing.

View the PG&E case study here.


The second case study  uses interviews with employees and partners of San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) to illustrate how the utility’s smart meter deployment and community outreach affected its traditional business processes and how it involved customers and stakeholders to co-design new products, programs, and systems.

View the SDG&E case study here.


We hope you enjoyed the Summit!

This first-of-its-kind event was held to bring together the energy efficiency and smart grid communities. Attendees came from utilities, state and federal agencies, technology companies, performance contractors, service companies and many other stakeholder segments. Speakers included experts from the program, performance, technology and policy arenas who discussed the barriers and opportunities relative to integrating smart grid and energy efficiency – as well as demand response. The Summit was the place where speakers and the audience worked together and learned from each other, all with a goal of using efficiency and smart grid integration to expand opportunities for both energy users and those who provide technologies and services.

Be on the lookout for information for the next Summit in 2014!

Tool on DR 2.0 Released

Tool on DR 2.0: A Future of Customer Response Released in Conjunction with 2013 National Town Meeting

(Washington, DC - July 8, 2013) In conjunction with its upcoming National Town Meeting on Demand Response and Smart Grid®, the Association for Demand Response & Smart Grid (ADS) released a tool on Demand Response 2.0: A Future of Customer Response. The toolkit identifies and explores the past, present and future of demand response and intends to educate demand response stakeholders and stimulate discussion among the demand response community.

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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