Demand response is a set of time-dependent activities that reduce or shift the time of electricity use to improve electric grid reliability, manage electricity costs and provide systems that encourage load shifting or shedding during times when the electric grid is near its capacity or electric prices are high.
The Demand Response Research Center's objective is to develop, prioritize, conduct and disseminate research that develops broad knowledge to facilitate demand response. The Center’s research focuses on the development of communications and standards, optimizing demand response resources, and grid integration of electric vehicles and renewable energy. Its development and advancement of the open automated demand response (OpenADR) standard introduced a standardized interface that enables rapid communication of price and reliability signals from utilities to customers that is used worldwide.
Users can employ the Center’s Demand to Grid Laboratory and demand estimation tools to evaluate demand in a variety of applications. Its Demand Response Strategy Guide can be used to categorize potential control strategies.