Demand Response Program
Flexible Programs to realize clean energy potential
Demand response (DR) programs improve grid efficiency and reliability. They help create long-term grid stability by giving consumers the opportunity to voluntarily reduce or shift their electricity usage when called upon by the grid operator to relieve stress because the demand for electricity outpaces the grid’s ability to supply it. This is typically during heat waves or harsh winter cold snaps. With these DR programs, the grid operator is essentially creating an electricity “resource” to be called on during the few times each year when the electric demand nearly exceeds reliable supply.
Qualified municipal facilities or commercial/industrial customers can receive a billing credit incentive from the IMEA for voluntarily agreeing to keep their electric use at or below a specified amount when called upon during a Demand Response Event.