Load flexibility to save $15 billion in US annual energy costs


The Battle Group has released the results of a study conducted to analyse the US energy flexibility and demand response market.

According to the study:

  1. The US has the potential to generate nearly 200GW of cost-effective load flexibility by 2030
  2. Load flexibility can meet up to 20% of the country’s total peak load by 2030
  3. Demand response capacity likely to triple by 2030
  4. Load flexibility can avoid more than $15 billion in annual energy costs
  5. Utility load flexibility programmess will become smarter before they get bigger, by first modernising existing demand response programmes to tap into their underutilised potential
  6. Residential load flexibility additions will exceed those of larger commercial and industrial customers, despite having only a 30% share of the current demand response market
  7. New regulatory incentives will be a primary driver of growth in load flexibility, due to renewed industry-wide interest in regulatory models that encourage utilities to pursue demand-side initiatives rather than capital investment in infrastructure

Ryan Hledik, principal at Battle Group, said: “The potential for load flexibility to facilitate the transition to a decarbonised power system is remarkable and currently overlooked.

“Our study demonstrates the importance for utilities and regulators to look beyond conventional ‘DR 1.0’ options when analyzing new demand-side opportunities.”

To download the study, visit The National Potential for Load Flexibility: Value and Market Potential Through 2030