Integrated demand REsponse Solution towards energy POsitive NeighbourhooDs



Understanding RESPOND technology:
What is demand response?

Demand Response (DR) refers to targeted, short-term reductions in energy consumption during times of peak demand in exchange for financial incentives. DR is most commonly implemented in the industrial sector, where energy use is high and peak energy demand comes at a significant cost to utilities and the grid itself. However, as distributed energy resources and renewables become mainstream, DR programs will play an increasingly important role in balancing energy demand within the residential energy sector as well. Despite having a lower individual energy consumption per site, the potential to exploit demand flexibility for home appliances can contribute to grid load balancing and demand shaping.

To exploit this untapped potential, the RESPOND project will deploy an interoperable energy automation, monitoring and control solution that will deliver demand response at a building unit, building and district level. Using smart energy monitoring infrastructure, RESPOND will be able to detect energy conservation opportunities and adapt to indoor and outdoor conditions, and comfort levels in real time through optimal energy dispatching, taking both supply and demand into account.


The RESPOND project aims to implement a cooperative energy demand management solution so that residential energy users can better match energy supply with demand. To demonstrate its viability and potential, the RESPOND solution will be deployed in three pan-European pilot sites in Spain, Ireland and Denmark. Pilot sites were intentionally preselected to test the RESPOND solution in different climate zones, residence type (rental and ownership) and population densities, each with different types of energy monitoring and resources available.

Read more about the pilot projects below:

Private apartment
buildings in Madrid

Spanish utility Feníe Energía will conduct a pilot demonstration project in a community of 3 private apartment buildings with 24 dwellings…

Social housing 
community in Aarhus

This pilot consists of a public housing district with 30 residential buildings, 4 of which have been selected for the RESPOND demonstration pilot… 

24 dwellings on the Aran Islands

Located 10 nautical miles west of Galway, these 3 islands comprise a total population of 1,225 inhabitants. There are 448 total dwellings, 24 of which were selected…