The Electricity Markets and Policy Group conducts technical, economic, and policy analysis of energy topics centered on the U.S. electricity sector. Research is organized into six research areas:
- Demand Response & Smart Grid research focuses on design, implementation, evaluation, and cost benefit analysis; policy analysis and technical assistance; and integrating variable renewable generation.
- Electricity Reliability research explores electricity reliability technology R&D; electricity reliability metrics and trends; the economic value of reliability for electricity consumers; and blackout investigations.
- Energy Efficiency research involves utility customer-funded programs, financing energy efficiency, energy saving performance contracting, SEE Action Network technical and policy support, and determining program impacts (EM&V).
- Regional Electric System Planning research offers interconnection-wide transmission planning support.
- Renewable Energy research concentrates on renewable energy policy analysis and assistance; cost, benefit, and market analysis; grid operations and infrastructure impacts; and public acceptance and deployment barriers.
- Transmission research focuses on transmission planning support, transmission usage and congestion, bulk power reliability data and trends, and reliability event assessment.