Shake, shift, shimmy, and shed: The future of demand response in California

Researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) recently released a data-rich demand response potential study that looks at how the state’s demand response efforts may evolve in the future. The LBNL researchers crunched masses of smart meter data from across the state and made future projections out to 2025. The takeaways, according to GreenTech Media, include the observation that traditional types of DR efforts have the “dimmest future,” while next-generation technologies such as communicating thermostats, batteries, and electric vehicles--as well as innovative pricing structures--are key to moving the California’s grid forward. LBNL is currently preparing to release the first round of public comment on the report as utilities and customers ponder the changes in grid flexibility that we are likely to see in the coming decade.