The business of saying no

Rising energy prices have caused an upturn in demand response - or energy curtailment - in the last two years. Elisa Wood looks at how this is impacting power markets

Demand response, the process of reducing power use when the grid is overtaxed, is experiencing meteoric growth in US electricity markets. Taking on the role of 'virtual power plant', demand response is particularly popular in the current political climate where building the real thing often meets with public opposition.

Also called load curtailment, demand response reduces power use, often on hot summer days when air conditioners are going full force and regional grid operators scramble for

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