Lessons Learned from the Integration of Demand Response in the US (in German)
The German Ministry of Economics and Technology invited RAP senior associate Andreas Jahn to speak at a workshop on supporting electric system reliability through more flexible demand-side resources. Drawing on lessons learned in the United States with the implementation of demand response, he highlighted that success is based in part on predictable compensation for the utilities and leveling the competitive playing field with other resources. Clear direction from regulators can facilitate this equal treatment of resources and guarantee higher compensation for greater efficiency. Given the steadily increasing percentage of renewable energy sources in the German market and the resulting need for flexible, low-cost resources, Mr. Jahn also advised on how to eliminate financial barriers and obstacles to market participation. Workshop participants included stakeholders from the political, energy, and environmental realms.