The market for facility-wide energy management and controls is growing quickly, as is the need for Auto-DR. To date, the focus has been on load management - relatively simple approaches directed toward avoiding demand charges – but this is expected to change.
Industrial machinery and process systems have the potential for greater DR opportunities and overall energy efficiency. The emergence of higher quality system level network controls provides the missing link to allow improved management of key energy systems. Complete integration of load management, DR, and energy efficiency across an entire industrial facility may be commonplace within the next decade. Even plants without onsite generation could, under certain conditions, derive financial benefits and contribute to the economic health of their businesses while freeing up electricity to the grid to preserve the system reliability and manage the cost of delivering statewide electricity.
Industrial controls include systems and configurations (sometimes integrated) to manage process loads, utilities such as compressed air and steam, local operations, building systems, and business systems (See Attachment for more information on types of controls)
Understanding the functional capabilities of these control systems, ,including the underlying technologies and software capabilities as installed, is essential to identify and quantify a specific facility’s potential to participate in Automated Demand Response (Auto-DR) and to maximize load reduction savings without affecting day-today business or industry operations.
For the purpose of this survey, the industrial production or processes are classified as:
- Manual: Manually turning off or changing comfort set points or processes or each equipment, switch, or controller.
- Semi-Automated: Automation of one or several processes or systems within a facility using EMCS or centralized control system, with the remainder of the facility under manual operations.
- Fully-Automated: Automation of an entire facility, with integration of end use loads into an EMCS and centrally managed with minimal human intervention.
The next steps will take you through this survey, which is designed to be a simple set of Yes or No (Y/N) questions and/or multiple-choice responses to contribute data for a detailed analysis by LBNL.