The Demand Response Research Center integrates its technical expertise with electricity market analyses to identify market and policy barriers and research directions that can make the cost of market participation more consistent with added market value.
In particular, recent work examines the expanding role of ancillary services markets including the value of demand response for these services, the rules for market entry, and the effects that the greater electricity market structure and regulatory context has on market participation. Research focuses on (1) how the price and reliability signals can be communicated reliably, (2) how facilities can respond automatically when prices vary hour-to-hour, day-to-day and over time, and (3) how these concepts can be used to improve grid stability. In the future, the speed of telemetry and response is expected to become a critical element for grid operations as demand response (DR) plays a moderating role with imbalances between electric energy supply and demand at increasingly smaller time intervals. DRRC's research has identified telecommunication systems that are fast enough to provide a signaling infrastructure for existing DR programs with day-ahead and day-of notification for events, and is exploring what is required for even faster responses.