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Demand response

Order 745: Challenge to Plain Old Power Markets

The marginal external benefits provided by demand response prove more than sufficient to overcome concerns that paying LMP was too expensive.

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"The rule will allow wholesale markets to shape load curves to reduce the prices." – Charles Cicchetti
Author Bio: 

Dr. Charles Cicchetti is co-founder of Pacific Economics Group and formerly was the Miller Chair in Government, Business and the Economy at the University of Southern California. Previously, he served with Arthur Andersen Economic Consulting (managing director), Putnam, Hayes & Bartlett (co-chairman), National Economic Research Associates (NERA, as senior vice president), and the Wisconsin Public Service Commission (as chairman).

The Order will extend application of load-reducing technologies and marketing to a new class of services.

Demand Response is Cascading

Enernoc is not sweating a pending High Court Case named after it.
The demand response technology is taking root in both wholesale and retail markets. That’s why Enernoc is not sweating a pending U.S. Supreme Court decision to decide who will regulate the process.

Microgrid Milestones

Top 5 developments of 2013.
One of the most interesting trends of 2013 was the rise of microgrids. While the hype overshadows the reality of actual projects, several key developments have set the stage for growth.

Charting the DSM Sales Slump

A survey of rate case methods for sales forecasting.
Demand side management has a growing effect on energy sales. Utilities are applying five methods to account for DSM in sales forecasts. A Brattle Group survey reveals those methods and their characteristics.

Gasoline Spillover

Will high pump prices affect utility customer behavior at home?
Although natural gas and electricity is cheap, skyrocketing gasoline prices provide an opening for utilities to engage customers. Knowledge is power, and with the right tools in place, utilities can be outstanding teachers.

Set and Forget

Engagement and automation are expanding the role of DR.
The underlying premise of demand response hasn’t changed in 30 years, but the technologies and approaches to executing DR programs today are worlds away from the basic, one-way load control programs of yesteryear. Engagement and automation are changing everything.

Federal Feud

When Revolutionary War veteran Daniel Shays led an attack on the federal Springfield Armory in January 1787—the spark that ignited the federalist movement—he scarcely could’ve guessed that now, 225 years later, his spiritual descendants would still be fighting that very same battle.

Author Bio: 

Bruce W. Radford (radford@pur.com) is Fortnightly’s publisher, and Michael T. Burr (burr@pur.com) is the editor-in-chief.

The jurisdictional battle rages on, with FERC and EPA squaring off against the states.

Efficiency Beyond the Low Fruit

As efficiency programs mature, utilities and regulators will be challenged to keep producing demand-side resources. A systems-oriented approach can yield cost-effective results.

Author Bio: 

Hossein Haeri, Ph.D., is an executive director, Heidi Ochsner an associate and Jim Stewart, Ph.D., a senior associate at The Cadmus Group, Inc.

Continuous improvement requires changing practices and cultural norms.

Energy Efficiency: 15 percent by 2020?

A new survey of energy industry experts reveals a surprising consensus on the size of the energy efficiency resource. Overall, energy efficiency is expected to lower electricity consumption by 5 to 15 percent, and natural gas consumption by 5 to 10 percent. These results debunk the notion that conservation is a fad. On the contrary, they herald a new beginning for energy efficiency.

Up in Smoke

PJM auction jettisons 6.9 GW of coal-fired generation
Demand-side resources claim a growing share of the market, bringing lower costs and environmental benefits.