Demand Response & Smart Grid

Demand Response & Smart Grid
The Electricity Markets and Policy Group conducts public interest research on the smart grid and concepts, technologies and operating practices it enables from a market, policy, cost, benefit, and performance perspective. Through funding from the US Department of Energy, we provide technical assistance and research to state and federal policymakers, international organizations, the electric utility industry, academics, and others. Our work in these core areas focuses on analysis of smart grid policies and programs as well as customer response to time-based retail rate designs.
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The majority of our work falls into the following three areas:

Primary Research on Design, Implementation, Evaluation, and Cost Benefit Analysis

EMP works with utilities and ISO/RTOs to help electric industry policymakers and stakeholders better understand key elements of demand response rate and program opportunities as well as technologies enabled by advanced metering infrastructure by conveying results of our rigorous analysis, experiences and best practices in the following areas:

  • Design
  • Implementation
  • Customer acceptance, retention and response
  • Consumer behavior 
  • Automated control technology
  • Cost effectiveness
  • Evaluation, measurement and verification methods

Policy Analysis and Technical Assistance

EMP provides technical and policy support to state regulatory commissions and energy offices concerning implications of regulatory and policy decisions on demand response resource potential, goal setting, and program design and implementation issues in the following areas:

  • Time-based rate and incentive-based program designs
  • Customer acceptance, retention and response
  • Consumer behavior
  • Automated control technology
  • Cost effectiveness
  • Evaluation, measurement and verification methods
  • Linkages between retail and wholesale DR markets
  • Analytical tools and methods

Integrating Variable Renewable Generation

EMP seeks to understand the role demand response and technologies enabled by advanced metering infrastructure can play in managing the integration of variable renewable generation assets and assessing what barriers stand in the way of these resources reaching their full potential

For more information, see this presentation that introduces our main research products for decision makers.

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