Accession Number DE2012-1051046
Title Mass Market Demand Response and Variable Generation Integration Issues: A Scoping Study.
Publication Date Sep 2011
Media Count 76p
Personal Author A. Mills C. Goldman J. H. Eto P. Cappers R. Wiser
Abstract The penetration of renewable generation technology (e.g., wind, solar) is expected to dramatically increase in the United States over the coming years as many states are implementing policies to expand this sector through regulation and/or legislation. It is widely understood, though, that large scale deployment of certain renewable energy sources poses system integration challenges because of its variable and often times unpredictable production characteristics (NERC, 2009). Demand response (DR), when properly designed, can be among the best dance partners (Wellinghoff, 2009) for mitigating many of the system balancing problems associated with integrating large-scale variable generation (VG) resources (NERC, 2009). Proponents of Smart Grid (of which Advanced Metering Infrastructure or AMI is an integral component) assert that the technologies associated with this new investment can facilitate synergies and linkages between demand-side management and bulk power system needs. For example, Smart Grid proponents assert that system-wide implementation of advanced metering to mass market customers (i.e., residential and small commercial customers) as part of a Smart Grid deployment enables a significant increase in demand response capability. Specifically, the implementation of AMI allows electricity consumption information to be captured, stored and utilized at a highly granular level (e.g., 15-60 minute intervals in most cases) and provides an opportunity for utilities and public policymakers to more fully engage electricity customers in better managing their own usage through time-based rates and near-real time feedback to customers on their usage patterns while also potentially improving the management of the bulk power system.
Keywords Demand response
Electric power industry
Electric utilities
Energy consumption
Implementation
Market
Policies
Production
Regulations
Renewable energy sources
Solar energy
Wind power


 
Source Agency Technical Information Center Oak Ridge Tennessee
NTIS Subject Category 97G - Policies, Regulations & Studies
97B - Energy Use, Supply, & Demand
Corporate Author Lawrence Berkeley National Lab., CA.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1306
Contract Number N/A

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