Webinar: Demand Response - Tales from Two States

Presented by the U.S. Demand Response
Coordinating Committee

Friday,  October 12, 2020
1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (EST)


Those who are involved in demand response or those who follow it know that the States have a large role in making demand response happen.  States have the ball on developing time-based rates and incentive programs for retail customers.  They also have the responsibility of approving utility investments on infrastructure for demand response and also expenditures on DR programs.

State Utility Commissions and other State Agencies are increasingly taking steps on DR to move it forward from both a policy and business perspective.  Also, State legislatures have begun to get active in areas such as demand response and advanced metering.

On this DRCC Webinar, we will hear from policy makers from two states that have been active on the demand response front.   These states may have received less attention than they deserve, given that they are taking steps which place them in the forefront of demand response developments.  

In the case of Connecticut, demand response has been high on the agenda for years.   Transmission constraints in Southwest Connecticut were a major factor in the creation of early wholesale DR programs focused on that part of the State. Both the Commission and the State Legislature have embraced demand response as one of the cornerstones of Connecticut energy policy.   In enacting the Energy Independence Act of 2005 and the Electricity and Energy Efficiency Act of 2007, the Legislature provided direction on DR as well as financial assistance and incentives to move it along.  The Connecticut Public Utility Commission (CPUC), already having put a lot of DR policy in place, is now working to move the state forward on dynamic pricing for the retail mass market to complement the DR that continues to grow at the wholesale level.

Commissioner Anne George, recently appointed to a new term on the CPUC, and a leader in Connecticut and on the national level on DR, will tell the story of how DR has developed in Connecticut and talk about what is happening there now and where things might be headed in the future.

In the case of Texas, the Commission has approved rules relating to advanced metering deployment on a state-wide basis. The Commission rules address cost recovery savings associated with replacing meters with smart meters, deployment planning and functionality requirements. Texas has also been working to facilitate dynamic pricing that would be integrated into the state's competitive retail marketplace, considered to be one of the most vibrant in the country. Additionally, both the Commission and the Energy Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) have been working to expand and enhance demand response programs aimed at both residential and large customers.

Christine Wright of the Public Utility Commission of Texas will provide an overview of recent demand response developments and those expected in the near future.


     Commissioner Anne George, Connecticut Public Utility Commission

     Christine Wright, Public Utility Commission of Texas


      Dan Delurey, U.S. Demand Response Coordinating Committee

What:           Webinar: Demand Response - Tales from Two States

When:          Friday, October 12, 2020  
                      1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. (Eastern)

Cost:           Free for State Utility Commissioners and Staff
                      (limit 3 registrations per state)

                    $195.00 for all others

Additional Sponsor:     U.S. Department of Energy
                                           Office of Electricity Delivery and
                                           Energy Reliability

How To Register:

You have two options to register: You can either download the registration form and fax it to 781-756-8008, or you can register online using the link below. This link will allow you to pay for this event using a major credit card. It will also allow State Registrators and staff to register free.

Information and instructions for participting in the webinar will be provided to registrants prior to the webinar.

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Registration will close 24 hours prior to the event start time.

Cancellation Policy:

It is our policy to give credit towards a future Webinar or refund 50% of the cost  if cancelled 7 days prior to the event, when registrants need to cancel or can not attend due to reasons beyond their control (weather, fire, power outages, ailments, funerals and the like).  

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The DRCC is a 501 c 3 non-profit organization dedicated to the development and exchange of information about demand response.  More on the DRCC can be found at www.demandresponsecommittee.org.
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