Distributed Energy Resources and the Role of Aggregated Demand Management
Demand response (DR) aggregators have been enrolling commercial and industrial (C&I) customers in DR programs for 2 decades. The business model is mature and customers are comfortable with their benefits and responsibilities. More recently, other types of distributed energy resources (DER) such as energy efficiency, solar PV, energy storage, generator sets (gensets), and EVs have started to proliferate and become eligible for energy market participation. However, it is not necessarily a simple endeavor to integrate different resource types or to find the right mix of vendors to provide them. This white paper provides background on the technologies, highlights the major integration issues, and offers recommendations for customers to choose the right vendor(s) for their situation.