Load as a Resource
NYISO Price-Responsive Load Program Evaluation
How have markets performed in eliciting demand response? Is the response sufficient to improve market performance? If not, what else is needed? CERTS is addressing these questions, in partnership with key stakeholders, by conducting market assessments of selected demand-response programs targeted to medium and large commercial and industrial customers. The objective is to evaluate key technologies that enable demand response; identify "best practices" among program administrators, contractors/aggregators, and end users; and analyze the technical, market, and institutional barriers that affect how widespread participation by large customer loads is likely to be in key regional electricity markets.
NYISO, in conjunction with the New York Public Service Commission, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, and regulated and unregulated load-serving entities and retail service providers, has implemented two large statewide demand-response programs. In partnership with these parties, CERTS is evaluating the effect that enabling technology has on customer demand reduction.
The analysis and results from these studies are being used to: identify major technical, market, and institutional barriers that inhibit widespread participation by different types of commercial and industrial customers in emergency and economic demand-response programs; prioritize additional R&D activities that could accelerate development of enabling technologies; and identify key issues that policymakers need to address to facilitate the long-run sustainability of demand-response service and technology providers.
- How and Why Customers Respond to Electricity Price Variability: A Study of NYISO and NYSERDA 2002 PRL Program Performance
(2.4 MB PDF, 376 pp)
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory