FERC Staff Report on Assessment of Demand Response and Advanced Metering

The report at www.ferc.gov/legal/staff-reports/2017/DR-AM-Report2017.pdf is the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission staff’s (FERC or Commission staff’s) twelfth annual report on demand response and advanced metering required by section 1252(e)(3) of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct 2005). It is based on publicly-available information and discussions with market participants and industry experts. 

Based on the information reviewed, it appears that:

• Deployment of advanced meters continues to increase throughout the country, 1 and advanced meters are the predominant metering technology installed and operational in the United States. According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), 2 64.7 million advanced meters were operational nationwide in 2015 out of a total of 150.8 million meters, indicating a 42.9 percent penetration rate;

• Over the past year, a number of state regulatory bodies have undertaken or are continuing broad grid modernization efforts, some of which include large-scale deployment of advanced meters. In addition, there has been movement towards further deployment of time-of-use rates in several states.

• In the organized wholesale markets, the contribution of demand resources to meeting peak demand decreased to 5.7 percent in 2016 from 6.6 percent in 2015;

• The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) notes that the bulk power system is integrating more demand response resources, as well as other distributed and renewable energy resources. In addition to collecting and presenting reliability demand response data and results, NERC continues its efforts to integrate economic demand response within the Demand Response Availability System (DADS) database;

• The North American Energy Standards Board (NAESB) ratified two new books of retail demand response business standards, and is expected to complete new Open Field Message Bus (OpenFMB) cyber-security model business standards in 2017. 

Read the full report at www.ferc.gov/legal/staff-reports/2017/DR-AM-Report2017.pdf