The Struggle for Distributed Energy Resources Control: New ways to manage an expanding landscape of energy generators
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- Jan 29, 2019 10:30 pm GMTJan 29, 2019 10:30 pm GMT
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As the energy industry shifts toward cleaner and more sustainable models, it becomes increasingly critical for utilities to be able to manage and control the customer side of the power grid. One proven way to do that, Demand Response (DR) programs, have been common for many years. These programs typically incentivize participants to shift their energy usage away from peak consumption times, in order to reduce dependence on costly and inefficient peaking power plants and to overcome weaknesses in transmission and distribution systems. In most cases, DR programs use either direct energy reduction/increase requests or variable price messages to attract customers to participate.