Demand Response and the Modern Grid

Friday,  January 12, 2020
1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (EST)
  • Is a smart meter part of a smart, modern grid?
  • What is a modern grid and what does it look like?  
  • What is the relationship between it and demand response?   
  • Are the two separate and can they develop from a policy and business standpoint with no intertwinement between them?  
  • Is a modern grid all about “the wires” or does it include the core elements that enable demand response?
  • Does the creation of a modern grid provide more demand response opportunities and potential?
  • Is a state proceeding on EPACT 1252 a step in consideration of a modern grid?
The latest Webinar in the DRCC Webinar Series will explore these questions and more.   Participants will be briefed on the latest efforts aimed at creating a modern grid and linking it to demand response.  

Eric Lightner, Program Manager, Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability of the U.S. Department of Energy, is the point person at DOE for the modern grid and he will provide a preview of GridWeek - the DOE sponsored series of events to be held in Washington DC in April, which promises to be the “grid” event of the year in 2007.

Steve Pullins of SAIC and Team Leader for the NETL Modern Grid Initiative will present on one of the most recent examinations of how a comprehensive modern grid approach (and demand response) can be applied to a specific local area or region.  The San Diego Smart Grid Study analyzed the costs and benefits and technical feasibility of implementing a robust basket of technologies and strategies in the region and Steve will talk about the findings and what the next steps may be.

Rob Pratt, Program Manager for Pacific Northwest National Laboratories (PNNL), will talk about the Pacific Northwest GridWise Demonstration, a regional initiative to test and speed the adoption of new smart grid technologies that can make the grid more resilient and efficient.  He will particularly focus on two aspects of that initiative that deal with demand response, one aimed at targeted congestion relief and one focused on “grid-friendly” appliances that will automatically respond to price signals.  

Amanda Libengood, Market Development Engineer for PJM, will report on how her organization is using demand response not only to meet high peak demand but also in other “modern grid” applications such as provision of ancillary services.  The latter support the ongoing reliable operation of the grid as electricity moves across it from generating sources to customers; PJM has begun to use DR to meet an ancillary service called Synchronized Reserve, which is intended to supply electricity if and when the grid has an unexpected need for additional power on short notice.

What:      Webinar:  Demand Response and the Modern Grid

When:     Friday January 12, 2020  

                 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. (Eastern)

Cost:        Free for State Regulators and Staff (limit 3 free registrations per State)

                 $235.00 for all others


Eric Lightner, U.S. Department of Energy

Steve Pullins, SAIC and Modern Grid Initiative

Rob Pratt, Pacific Northwest National Laboratories

Amanda LibengoodPJM Interconnection


Dan DelureyU.S. Demand Response Coordinating Committee

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.

Download registration form

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For more information:

Contact Liz Purvinis at  [email protected]

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Members of the DRCC include American Electric Power, Ameren, Hess Corporation, Hunt Power, ISO-New England, MidAmerican Energy, Midwest ISO, National Grid, NYSERDA, Pacific Gas & Electric, PJM Interconnection, San Diego Gas & Electric, Salt River Project, Southern California Edison, Southern Company, Tennessee Valley Authority, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, and Xcel Energy.

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