Demand Side Management

With minimal storage on the grid, utilities must constantly match electricity supply and demand. As demand for electricity varies throughout the day, over the course of a week, and from month to month, electricity supply is constantly changing with it. However, sometimes it is useful to modify electricity demand rather than supply. Utilities use demand side management programs such as time of use rates, emergency demand response, and economic demand response to encourage electricity users to reduce their demand during periods of peak demand or during emergencies when load reduction is critical to avoiding widespread blackouts. Jay Holman, Principal of VtM, has evaluated technologies used to enable demand response, helped utilities survey their residential, commercial, and industrial customers about their interest in demand response programs, and assessed the impact of time of use rates on the attractiveness of solar projects with and without storage.

Published Articles and Reports on Demand Side Management

Best Practices: Utility Dispatchable Distributed Generation Programs for Demand Response 2009

Published by IDC in March 2011

Authors: Jay Holman, Nadav Enbar

This IDC Energy Insights report examines utility demand response programs that dispatch customer-sited distributed generation resources to bridge capacity shortfalls and transmission and distribution constraints.