SEPA issues 2018 utility demand response snapshot


The Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) has issued a whitepaper analysing the 2018 utility demand response market.

The whitepaper was compiled in partnership with Navigant Research between January and March 2018.

The paper comprises data collected online, on demand response measures deployed by some 155 utilities through to December 2017 in the US.

The 2017 edition of the report covered 104 utilities.

Study findings include:

  • Utilities reported a combined enrolled capacity of 18.3 GW and 10.7 GW of dispatched capacity (58% of total enrolled capacity) in 2017
  • AC switch programmes account for the largest portion of enrolled mass market DR capacity (3.4 GW), followed by thermostat, behavioral, and water heater programmes.
  • A handful of utilities are updating air conditioners with two-way switches and exploring grid-interactive water heater capabilities
  • Forty-seven utilities reported calling on thermostats for DR events
  • Over half of reported enrolled DR capacity in SEPA’s survey came from the commercial and industrial (C&I) market segment (12.0 GW).
  • A handful of states (i.e., Arizona and Massachusetts) are proposing clean peak standards to expand the amount of clean energy deployed during peak load hours.
  • Regulatory mandates are helping drive utilities to integrate programmes that have typically been siloed (i.e., energy efficiency and DR).
  • Markets are becoming more open and attractive for DR resources outside of the US. For instance, Japan opened a new DR market in 2017 called the “NegaWatt Market”, the Australian Energy Market Operator announced 10 pilot projects under its DR initiative.

The whitepaper can be downloaded here…