Emerging Need for Demand Side Flexibility In Our Gas Networks
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- Mar 9, 2021 10:44 pm GMTMar 9, 2021 10:32 pm GMT
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The concepts of controlling customer smart thermostats or nudging customer behaviors to shift loads outside of peak demand periods are heavily utilized in the management of the electric grid. Yet residential load management - or demand response (DR) - is a tool that historically has not been utilized in the management of supply of natural gas. But that looks to be changing.
The Underexplored Opportunity
Almost as if they spurred on the market, the Brattle Group released a study in 2018 arguing that polar vortex events and the stress they place on natural gas grids - typically resulting in wholesale price spikes - presented an opportunity to leverage DR as part of the solution. In particular, they highlighted gas DR has the potential to: