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FERC Issues Assessment of Demand Response and Advanced Metering

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Source: Smart Grid Observer

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) staff’s eleventh annual report on demand response and advanced metering is required by section 1252(e)(3) of Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct 2005). Issued in December 2016,  it is based on publicly-available information and discussions with market participants and industry experts. Based on the information reviewed, the report finds that:

  • Deployment of advanced meters continues to increase throughout the country, 1 and advanced meters are the predominant metering technology installed and operational throughout the United States. According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), 58.5 million advanced meters were operational nationwide out of a total of 144.3 million meters, indicating a 40.6 percent penetration rate
  • In the organized wholesale markets, the contribution of potential peak reduction to meeting peak demand increased to 6.6 percent in 2015 from 6.2 percent in 2014
  • The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) has developed and approved four new metrics for assessing demand response, and intends to continue its efforts to improve demand response data collection to provide information on how demand response contributes to reliability
  • The North American Energy Standards Board (NAESB) developed and ratified voluntary business standards that facilitate the ability of advanced meters and other utility and third-party grid devices to communicate directly with each other and exchange information

Read full report here

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