Will the federal government force states to allow demand response aggregators?
- Sep 9, 2021 5:28 pm GMT
Populations are growing, the weather is showing more and more extremes and the demands on our nation's grids increasing. Load reduction strategies are becoming more important for both energy infrastructure and customers, which has led to the proliferation of demand response programs across the country that benefit all players, from utility to customer.
However, not demand response is not working as well as it could in all states thanks to an old Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that allows states to opt-out of allowing aggregators to play a role in the demand response market. In these states, which the National Resources Defense Council says are mostly in the midwest, utilities are relying on expensive and mostly dirty peaker power plants when in desperate need to balance out the increased demand for electricity.
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