Date of Award

Spring 1-1-2011

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

First Advisor

Gregor Henze

Second Advisor

Michael Brandemuehl

Third Advisor

Michael Hannigan


This research project describes the development and application of a control analytic tool for evaluating the effectiveness of automated residential smart grid control strategies at shifting and reducing energy consumption during peak pricing periods. The development of this control analytic tool was completed through collaboration between Tendril and the Building Energy Research Group (BERG) from the University of Colorado at Boulder. This tool is able to evaluate control strategies that take into effect varying hourly device consumption and set point schedules with building and weather interactions. This research project provides insight into the most effective approaches for reducing peak energy consumption and lowering energy cost for homeowners and utilities. This tool can be used to help homeowners understand and utilize control enabling devices, and can guide utilities in implementing incentives for energy reduction that are beneficial to both them and the individual needs of their customers.