Honeywell and Pearlstone Energy to Provide Smart Grid Program

Honeywell and demand response aggregator Pearlstone Energy have announced a smart grid program for commercial and industrial facilities in the U.K. The program aims to reduce energy bills while helping improve country-wide power reliability and meet carbon reduction commitments. 

Under the program, Pearlstone Energy will pay participants to reduce their energy consumption for short amounts of time during periods when electricity demands exceed availability. Pearlstone Energy will partner with Honeywell to identify short-term energy reduction measures in buildings, such as adjusting heating and cooling equipment, and Honeywell will provide the technology to automate these reductions, free of charge to the building owners. Prior to a building’s participation, Honeywell will conduct site audits to assist in the design of energy reduction measures. The company will also provide testing and training, and will connect each facility to the automated system. 

These automated energy reduction measures, known as automated demand response (ADR), can create additional revenue streams for participants while contributing to broader U.K. carbon reduction goals.

Pearlstone Energy is currently recruiting participating companies, and expects the program to provide a minimum of three megawatts of capacity by early 2016, equivalent to the amount of electricity needed to power 6,600 UK homes for a year. Pearlstone Energy and Honeywell expect the program to grow significantly over the next five years to more than 200 megawatts of capacity.

Honeywell is a pioneer and leader in ADR technology with 20 programs underway in the United States and around the world, including ground-breaking projects in Australia, China, India and the U.K. In addition, Honeywell has managed demand response and energy efficiency projects for more than 100 utilities.

ADR and other energy efficiency measures were the focus of a panel discussion December 5 at the Conference of the Parties (COP-21) in Paris at the U.S. Center venue.  Honeywell Smart Grid Solutions Business Development Director Scott Petersen joined other high-level industry and business leaders for a panel discussion entitled "An Efficient Response to Climate Change: How Energy Efficiency is Making Consumers, Businesses, and Citizens a Part of the Fight."

Pearlstone_in-storyScott Petersen, Honeywell Smart Grid Solutions business development director, far right, spoke about automated demand response technology as part of a panel discussion entitled "An Efficient Response to Climate Change" held Dec. 5 at COP21.

Pictured left to right: Lisa Jacobson, president-Business Council for Sustainable Energy (moderator); Clay Nesler, vice president-Johnson Controls; Dan Delurey, president-Association for Demand Response and Smart Grid; Roger Platt, president-U.S. Green Building Council; and Petersen.    

Photo: Courtesy of U.S. Green Building Council

The discussion focused on the new technologies that are increasingly putting climate change solutions at the finger-tips of policy makers, regulators, and the operators of electricity networks. End-users can now invest in a wide range of technologies and services in order to reduce their energy consumption and impact on the environment, including demand response programs, smart thermostats and lighting, home and building energy management systems, green building solutions, and more.

Scott touched on the important and substantive role that buildings -- some of the world's largest energy consumers  --  can play in addressing the issues of climate change.  He also talked about how Smart Building technologies can drive smart outcomes, such as greater energy efficiency and an understanding of a building's environmental footprint.