U.S. Wholesale DER Aggregation: Q3 2017

by Elta Kolo

This quarterly series provides data and analysis for the ISO/RTO markets where distributed energy resources are making headway. Each report assesses key developments and opportunities in each territory, and provides forward-looking insights on market size and potential for demand-side flexibility through demand response (DR) programs.

Key insights from this report include:

  • Total demand response across RTO/ISO territories did not materially change in Q3 2017; however, there have been significant shifts in available capacity largely due to the start of new delivery years in MISO and PJM.
  • CAISO is in the process of resettling 2016 demand response due to suboptimal performance from its legacy demand response system; the ISO expects to finalize resettlements by the end of October 2017.
  • MISO entered delivery year 2017/2018 on June 1, 2017 with an increase in available demand response capacity of more than 440 MW. The increase in available capacity came from behind-the-meter-generation re-entering the market. Nearly 0.5 GW of emergency gensets exited the market in May 2016 when new Environmental Protection Agency regulations went into effect.

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Elta Kolo Analyst, Grid Edge

Elta is a Grid Edge Analyst at GTM Research working on demand-side management in U.S. electricity markets. Prior to joining GTM, Elta pursued a joint PhD funded by the European Commission on Sustainable Energy Technologies and Strategies at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. During her PhD she researched demand response policies for the implementation of smart grids, and has presented her work at both U.S. and European conferences in addition to publishing in international scholarly journals. Elta holds an MSc in Economics and Management of Network Industries from Spain and France and a BA in Economics from Union College (NY).

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