Honeywell is to conduct Europe’s first automated demand response (Auto DR) pilot project for commercial and industrial facilities with a project to let Scottish and Southern (SSE) temporarily reduce or shift energy consumption when demand peaks, said the technology firm.

While adequate energy supplies are not generally a concern, the amount of electricity needed to support peak demand is growing quickly, and is stretching network capacities, said Honeywell.

SSE said that it plans to develop a long-term strategy based on the pilot. The initial deployment will have support from the Low Carbon Network Fund, established by British regulator Ofgem to encourage the development of energy conservation technologies and smart grid solutions.

Honeywell will provide and implement the Auto DR technology. It will also offer consulting and engineering services for customers to help them develop load shedding strategies and to find ways to temporarily reduce energy use with little impact on their operations.

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