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Demand Response Partnership Program

The Demand Response Partnership Program (DRPP) is a collaborative effort between USGBC and the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), bringing together both sides of the energy grid to increase participation in demand response and smart grid programs. DRPP connects utilities and technology solution providers with owners and managers of LEED registered and certified buildings.

Southern California Edison (SCE) and NV Energy are the official utility hosts for this program. Projects that are existing customers of either utility and have a LEED registered or certified building within the New Construction, Core & Shell, Schools, Retail, Healthcare or Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance rating systems are invited to participate.

The first step is to answer a short survey about the project’s building systems and share energy usage data, which can be shared anonymously. Projects that get the green light will learn about opportunities to receive financial incentives.

Projects that are dually pursuing the Demand Response pilot credit and LEED certification or recertification can earn points under the Innovation in Design (or Operations) credit category.

DRPP focuses on research as well as engagement. We’ll gain a deeper understanding of the possibilities of demand response for buildings, the environment and the grid.

The research portion of this program will include a case study conducted by MelRok, a technology provider of energy monitoring and management for real-time energy solutions, and Enerliance, creators of an intelligent optimization system for large buildings offering fully-automated demand response capability. Several projects will supply constant data before, during and after demand response events. Data gathered during this study will contribute to an analysis of energy demand management, energy use avoidance, utility grid impacts and environmental benefits.

Why LEED & Demand Response

One of the hallmarks of LEED is the concept of integrative design, which encourages builders and architects to think more holistically about their buildings and consider the interconnection between building systems. Demand response is another step in this tradition and focuses on thinking beyond the walls of the project to consider the interconnection between energy use decisions (how much and when it is used) and the realities of energy generation and distribution capacity.

Pilot Credit 8: Demand Response

This credit is intended to increase participation in demand response technologies and programs that make energy generation and distribution systems more efficient, increase grid reliability and reduce environmental impacts and greenhouse gas emissions.

In July 2010, Pilot Credit 8: Demand Response was posted, and for the first time LEED projects were able to achieve points for participating in demand response programs. Through this testing process, the credit has evolved and will be part of LEED v4 when it is released. The research and collaboration aspects of DRPP will continue to inform and shape the credit even after the LEED v4 rating system is released. Based on the findings, adjustments can be made as needed through the addenda process.