Demand Response – IEA report

International Energy Agency, 2011Currently reading Empowering Customer Choice in Electricity Markets, from the IEA. The report addresses various market design & rate schedule options from a Demand Response perspective. While it doesn’t address renewables, I think it’s still a great read because approaches to PV as a distributed resource will overlap quite a bit with DR in the future. In any case, it’s a great overview of the tools available to help markets more accurately reflect real-time generation costs and thereby create incentives for responsive customer consumption/generation behavior. It’s got everything from direct load control programs to capacity markets to smart metering to market liberalization, including case studies from various OECD countries – take a look!

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Joanna Gubman is a 2011-2012 recipient of the German Chancellor Fellowship for Prospective Leaders. She is spending her fellowship year at the German Solar Industry Association, BSW-Solar , exploring incentive and business model alternatives as the German market achieves grid parity. Previously, Gubman was a Managing Consultant in the Energy Efficiency group at Navigant Consulting. There she analyzed technologies and policies to improve energy efficiency, including analysis and implications of the CPUC Long Term Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan (net zero energy new buildings and widespread adoption of whole-house retrofits); identification & promotion of emerging technologies for utility energy efficiency incentive programs; and development of corporate sustainability initiatives. She also served as project manager for the California Sustainability Alliance. Gubman received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University. You can find her online on LinkedIn , Twitter ( @JoannaGubman ), and xing , and via email at cleantech@alumni.stanford.edu . The views she expresses here and elsewhere are her own, and do not reflect those of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation or the German Solar Industry Association (BSW-Solar).

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