In evaluating our Climate Zone 2A / cooling dominated project, it comes as no surprise that 3-7pm in August is the peak occurrence for the (currently) proposed design, with cooling as the predominate energy (KW) electric demand.

When internally considering peak event (afternoon/evening) load shedding options for our 24/7/365 facility design, one potential strategy to reduce peak cooling energy demand included shifting primary cooling energy from the peak time period via an ice storage tank system, which could serve the project's currently planned air cooled chiller system.

However, if pursued, this strategy would become the "revised" proposed building design. As such, it would reduce the building's peak time load in general.....but it wouldn't necessarily be "DR event conditional." (i.e. - would NOT exclusively be a semi- or fully-automated DR response control sequence dependent solution).......whereas, any Cooling equip KW demand reduction resulting from a "temporary" temperature set-back (raising from 75F to 80F for example) WOULD appear to meet the DR credit objectives?

Along the same vein, a warehouse or less process intensive building might find that lighting is a significant KW load during peak events. Although aggressively integrating daylighting with automatic photocell controls could reduce the project's "peak demand" by >10%, it would really be a permanent design improvement, not DR event responsive/ reserved for such scenarios.......... whereas, any lighting equip KW demand reduction resulting from a control sequence to dim / extinguish non-critical interior lighting (irrespective of any daylight ambient light sources to augment) WOULD appear to meet the DR credit objectives?

In closing, could any "permanent" load shedding design strategy realistically qualify toward the DR event load shedding quota?

I would NOT think so, but would appreciate another perspective in case I am mistaken.  In general, it seems strategies that would contribute toward Optimize Energy Efficiency would NOT qualify for this credit, so really just seeking a confirmation on this "rule of thumb."