The world of demand response

Demand response is not a new concept. The balance of supply and demand is essential for any market and demand response (DR) has provided a method for reducing demand in the electrical grid at points, and times, where supply is limited. It has been a useful tool till now, but our power system is changing. 

Read CGI’s views on how demand response has been used in the past, and how it may be an integral tool in the future of the utility industry.

Paper 1: The Demand Response Paradox

Overview: The grid is changing. The nature of generation is changing. Customers are changing. As a result, markets and control systems will also need to change. In this scenario, while demand response is not a new concept, it has a lot of value to provide in the future as well. This paper discusses the demand response paradox.



Paper 2: The Optimized Network Utility and Demand Response

Overview: Grid networks and customer behavior are undergoing a paradigm shift. Utilities must be at the forefront of this change and become flexible energy entities. Demand response can be seen as a tool to help utilities through this shift.



Paper 3:  The Importance of Markets and Policy to Demand Response

Overview: This paper focuses on the link between supply and demand, and also the monetization of demand response. In order to facilitate this, we have to have policies in place that recognize its potential, guide its implementation, provide ways to measure its success and incentivize its use.



Coming soon…

Paper 4: The Intangibles of Demand Response

Overview: Demand response can be a powerful tool in the future, but only if important enablers/dependencies are in place such as security, control, coordination and transactive energy. Demand response plays a role in transactive energy, but transactive energy (and demand response) is more than just energy trading. This paper discusses enablers and barriers, implications to retailers, and the role of technical standards. It will also further discuss the role of customer engagement and the Internet of Things.