The flip side of an intermittent supply side is a controllable, responsive demand side. But the Consortium vision for connected devices and structures goes beyond this aspect. By anticipating the wealth of knowledge possible with new data streams, IDSM program administrators can, at minimum, improve programs and marketing, cut EM&V costs with more immediate results, understand their own operations in more detail, and improve reliability.

  • Grid Balancing and Load Management Connectivity may enhance product ability to contribute to a smarter grid and offset or postpone the need for new supply-side resources. While historically load followed demand, new technological advances have created the ability for demand to follow load. A connected product with a dispatchable load that can predictably shed or absorb capacity could intelligently avoid peak periods, respond to authorized demand response signals, or smooth out the impact of intermittent renewable generation resources.

  • Program EM&V Data Connected products can provide program administrators with more granular and timely data to measure the impact of their energy efficiency and demand response programs. Members are particularly interested in leveraging connected products to assess the persistence of savings in behavior change programs; however, many widget-based programs could benefit from infield data collection. Performance data collected on a frequent basis, for example, 15-minute intervals, can also provide important information about energy savings opportunities within the home that further informs program design and offerings.

  • Enhanced Customer Engagement Connected products that offer predictable energy information via open communication pathways have the potential to support engagement platforms offered by CEE members or their partners. This may include efforts to better understand and serve customer segments through the development of targeted DSM programs.

  • Integrated DSM Program Offerings DSM programs are becoming more integrated in the sense that multiple products are coming together in a shared space and providing different benefits, but also in terms of overall objectives. Connected technology allows further integration of efficiency, load management, and behavioral elements from the perspective of program design and impact claims. CEE is currently looking at opportunities to advance residential energy savings associated with the integrated home, which leverages opportunities beyond individual widgets and end measures. It hinges on communicating capabilities to create new levels of data, learning, comfort, and control.