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Demand response from the non-domestic sector: early UK experiences and future opportunities

Grunewald, P. and Torriti, J. ORCID: (2013) Demand response from the non-domestic sector: early UK experiences and future opportunities. Energy Policy, 61. pp. 423-429. ISSN 0301-4215

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2013.06.051


Demand response is believed by some to become a major contributor towards system balancing in future electricity networks. Shifting or reducing demand at critical moments can reduce the need for generation capacity, help with the integration of renewables, support more efficient system operation and thereby potentially lead to cost and carbon reductions for the entire energy system. In this paper we review the nature of the response resource of consumers from different non-domestic sectors in the UK, based on extensive half hourly demand profiles and observed demand responses. We further explore the potential to increase the demand response capacity through changes in the regulatory and market environment. The analysis suggests that present demand response measures tend to stimulate stand-by generation capacity in preference to load shifting and we propose that extended response times may favour load based demand response, especially in sectors with significant thermal loads.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Interdisciplinary centres and themes > Energy Research
Science > School of the Built Environment > Energy and Environmental Engineering group
ID Code:34338

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