On May 12 and 13, 2008, more than 150 state and federal regulators, curtailment service providers, technology companies, and others gathered at PJM’s Demand-side Response Symposium in Baltimore, Maryland, to discuss how to increase the region’s demand-side response. Demand-side response can include energy efficiency measures, reduced demand, and distributed generation. Key topics of discussion included advanced metering infrastructure, time-of-use pricing, and revenue decoupling. In the kick-off presentation, Ohio’s PUC commissioner Paul Centolella remarked that “the driving factors for demand-side response include: the rising cost of generation capacity and fuel; the falling cost of communications and control technology; the need to constrain carbon emissions; and, the need for a smart grid to support our digital economy.” The results of this symposium are posted on the PJM website. The work of this symposium should be of interest to the Connecting to the Grid readers because of its implications for the interconnection and dispatch of distributed generation resources in the organized markets.
A similar conference was held on March 17, 2008 by the ISO/RTO Council. One of the key discussion points of that conference was the development of standardized communication protocols and possible NERC standards (North American Electric Reliability Council) to better facilitate the interconnection of distributed resources, including small distributed generation, to the ISO/RTO control rooms so that these resources can participate in the energy and ancillary services markets.