Sometimes, Money Does Grow on Trees: DR-Advisor, A Data Driven Demand Response Recommender System

  • Authors:
    Madhur Behl (Univ. of Pennsylvania), Rahul Mangharam (Univ. of Pennsylvania)
    Publication ID:
    P084437
    Publication Type:
    Paper
    Received Date:
    20-Jun-2015
    Last Edit Date:
    22-Jun-2015
    Research:
    2386.001 (University of California/Berkeley)

Abstract

Unprecedented amounts of information from millions of smart meters and thermostats installed in recent years has left the door open for better understanding, analyzing and using the insights that data can provide, about the power consumption patterns of a building. The challenge with using data-driven approaches, is to close the loop for near real-time control and decision making in large buildings. Furthermore, providing a technological solution alone is not enough, the solution must also be human centric. We consider the problem of end-user demand response for commercial buildings. Using historical data from the building, we build a family of regression trees based models for predicting the power consumption of the building in real-time. We have built DR-Advisor, a recommender system for the building's facilities manager, which provides optimal control actions to meet the required load curtailment while maintaining building operations and maximizing the economic reward.

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