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Centre for Renewable Energy Systems Technology (CREST)

Networks & Systems

Demand Response

Demand Response is all about the timing of energy demand, and should not be confused with demand reduction, although the two do overlap in practice.

Historically, demand response has been widely deployed to help flatten demand profiles by reducing peaks and allowing that energy to be provided at different times of day. This approach is well suited to conventional generation which is best run at constant output. In the future however, in a scenario including large proportions of wind, solar or other intermittent renewables, the objective is not to flatten demand but rather to shape it to make best use of those of those renewables.

Also in the past, demand response has focused on things that people won’t notice. This tends to be in energy services such as heating and cooling where there is natural energy storage within the service. This is all well and good but perhaps underestimates peoples' flexibility, resourcefulness and indeed willingness to play a part in energy management.

Examples of our publications in this area include:

Higginson, S, Thomson, M, Bhamra, T (2013) "For the times they are a-changin": the impact of shifting energy-use practices in time and spaceLocal Environment, DOI:10.1080/13549839.2013.802459.

Darby, SJ and McKenna, E (2012) Social implications of residential demand response in cool temperate climatesEnergy Policy, 49, pp.759-769, ISSN: 0301-4215. DOI:10.1016/j.enpol.2012.07.026.