Energy trends – any trends, for that matter – tend to bleed across arbitrary date markers without so much as a nod to the New Year. But nonetheless, calendar changes allow us an opportunity to take stock and observe direction, to broadly note the ways things are moving.
Demand response isn’t new – in its most basic form, it’s been around for several decades. But these days it’s a commodity, a part of broader demand management strategies, not simply a turning-down of the thermostat. It’s tradeable, predictable and revenue generating. Keeping an eye on broad trends can give us a glimpse into where things are headed, if we are able to connect the dots.