SAN MATEO, Calif., July 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Association for Demand Response and Smart Grid Professionals (ADS) announced today that Dr. Arthur H. Rosenfeld, Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and energy efficiency pioneer, will receive the Association's 2011 Demand Response and Smart Grid Leadership Award for his groundbreaking work in demand response and California's Smart Grid initiatives. eMeter Chief Regulatory Officer and ADS board member Chris King will be accepting the award on Rosenfeld's behalf.
"It's encouraging to see the electricity grid start to become a true ecosystem of hardware and software that we once envisioned," said Rosenfeld of his work marrying energy efficiency with the Smart Grid concept. "California has laid out a visionary 'loading order' for investments to satisfy electric load with more efficient energy usage and demand response as key components of these goals. And while there is growing policy attention, the White House needs to be clear that equal priority applies to all green investment and incentives. We need them to repeat the mantra that peak power we don't need is the cheapest, most reliable, and greenest energy. And, in this, energy efficiency and demand response are entirely complementary."
Rosenfeld, often called the "Father of Energy Efficiency" for his lifelong work implementing energy efficiency policy changes in California, was the former Commissioner of the California Energy Commission and served as Senior Advisor to the United States Department of Energy (DOE) Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. He is the founder and Scientist Emeritus of the Center for Building Science at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the co-founder of both the American Council for an Energy Efficiency Economy (ACEEE), and the University of California's Institute for Energy and the Environment (CIEE). He currently serves on two advisory committees at the DOE – the Secretary of Energy's Advisory Board and the Energy & Renewables Advisory Committee.
In 2006, Rosenfeld was honored with the Enrico Fermi Award, one of the most prestigious science and technology awards given by the U.S. Government. In March 2011, Rosenfeld's work was honored with the naming of the Rosenfeld Unit, a new numeric representation of the energy savings required to replace the output of certain coal-fired power plants.
"It is an honor for me to accept this award on behalf of Dr. Rosenfeld," said King, who nominated Rosenfeld for the award. "Having worked closely with him to develop and implement California's vision of smart meters, I can testify to his foresight and deep understanding of how to connect energy information feedback, time-based electricity pricing, automation, and energy efficiency in a way that will fundamentally change how power is consumed."
The Demand Response and Smart Grid Leadership Award will be presented at the 2011 National Town Meeting on Demand Response and Smart Grid, an annual gathering of policymakers and business leaders whose actions work towards a modern grid, from July 12-14 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington D.C. This year's recipients of the leadership award also include Sherman Elliott, Commissioner of the Illinois Commerce Commission, and the entire Presidency of the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA).
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About the Association for Demand Response & Smart Grid (ADS)
The Association for Demand Response & Smart Grid (ADS) is a nonprofit organization, originally formed as the Demand Response Coordinating Committee (DRCC) in 2004. ADS is an organization consisting of DR and smart grid organizations as well as individuals who consider themselves to be demand response and smart grid professionals. It provides services to meet the needs of its members that help them in the conduct of their work and in the attainment of their personal, corporate, and governmental objectives. ADS seeks to establish and grow a demand response "community" of policymakers, utilities, system operators, technology companies, consumers, and other stakeholders. More information on ADS can be found at: www.demandresponsesmartgrid.org.