Demand response programs in the United States are growing more sophisticated and customer-friendly, according to the 2017 Utility Demand Response Market Snapshot from the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) and Navigant Research.
The report, analysed 2016 annual data for demand response programs that were submitted by more than 100 utilities, SEPA says. DR isn’t just about load shedding or shifting any more, SEPA research analyst Brenda Chew, who co-authored the report and led the survey, said in a press release. “It’s being used to help manage the real-time impacts of the increasingly large amounts of renewable energy on the grid.”
Although demand response programs for air conditioning and water heaters have been around for decades, technology changes are propelling DR into a period of transition, the report says. One trend is the growing popularity of smart thermostats for direct install, self-install, and bring-your-own thermostat programs. “These programs increase customer choice, allow greater visibility into customer devices, and provide energy savings to both customers and utilities,” according to the report.
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