Load as a Resource
CERTS is working to accelerate meaningful opportunities for customers to participate voluntarily in competitive electricity markets. Studies focus on determining the effect on market efficiency of customer participation (demand response) and on demonstrating advanced demand-response technologies and strategies that will improve the reliability of the grid.
The components of this research include:
- Assessing the effectiveness of current ISO and utility programs designed to elicit demand response;
- Demonstrating price-responsive load control to provide ancillary services;
- Developing the technologies that enable price-responsive loads to participate effectively in energy markets—for example, sophisticated metering, communication, and control technologies that notify customers of load curtailments or high prices; tools that report near-real-time load data; and automatic controls to implement load responses.
Among the objectives of this research is the demonstration that loads such as municipal water-pumping systems and residential air conditioners, which have natural short-term energy storage capacity, can provide spinning reserve to the electricity system.
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Spinning Reserve From Responsive Load
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Evaluated New York ISO demand response programs.
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Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Oak Ridge National Laboratory