Demand Response For Power System Reliability: FAQ

TitleDemand Response For Power System Reliability: FAQ
Publication TypeReport
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsBrendan J Kirby
Date Published12/2006
InstitutionOak Ridge National Laboratory
CityOak Ridge
Keywordsdemand response, Load as a Resource, LR05-001, power system reliability

Demand response is the largest underutilized reliability resource in North America. Historic demand response programs have focused on reducing overall electricity consumption (increasing efficiency) and shaving peaks but have not typically been used for immediate reliability response. Many of these programs have been successful but demand response remains a limited resource. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) report, Assessment of Demand Response and Advanced Metering (FERC 2006) found that only five percent of customers are on some form of demand response program. Collectively they represent an estimated 37,000 MW of response potential. These programs reduce overall energy consumption and they also reduce stress on the power system at times of peak loading.