Demand response and load participation
Reliable grid operation is dependent on adequate supply and flexible resources. Load serving entities procure supply in advance to meet their demand. Demand response providers with the ability to aggregate customers capable of reducing their electric demand (load) can participate in the ISO day-ahead, real-time and ancillary services markets. Demand side resources can offer bids that reflect their flexibility to adjust their load in response to market schedules and dispatches.
The ISO reliability requirements program requires that load-serving entities procure additional energy (reserve margin) above their demand, and is intended to compliment the state's resource adequacy programs.
Community Choice Aggregation (CCA)
Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) programs are governmental entities formed by cities and counties to serve the energy requirements of their local residents and businesses. CCAs do not own the transmission and delivery systems.
Participation process and requirements
Participation in the ISO market requires a scheduling coordinator and ISO-certified revenue-quality meters. Bidding in ancillary services requires special certification and installation of direct telemetry. There are also different requirements for proxy demand resources and participating load.
Demand response and proxy demand resource
End-use customers can bid demand response services directly into the ISO wholesale day ahead and real time market through a demand response provider as proxy demand resources. The ISO uses a base-line energy calculation to determine the amount of energy curtailed.
Sub-load aggregation point maps
For Load Aggregation Point, see LAP tab on the "Full Network Model Pricing Node Mapping" report.
Network model changes and pricing node mapping
Net benefits test requirement
All proxy demand resources must participate in the net benefits test that the ISO uses to set the monthly price threshold for cost effective demand response resource bids. The test was established as an outcome of the Demand Response Net Benefits Test
initiative in response to FERC order number 745. The test will continue until FERC rules otherwise.
Curtailable demand, including pumping load or aggregated participating load, can bid into the ISO market through a scheduling coordinator who also acts as the load serving entity for the underlying load. These participants can provide non-spinning reserve and provide demand reduction in the real time market.
Participating load - agreements and information request sheetsEstablish the contractual agreements to participate.
Application accessRequest access to applications required to manage resource outages, dispatches, meter data and resource operating characteristics.
Related stakeholder initiatives
Energy storage and distributed energy resources
Enhancing the ability of ISO connected and distribution-connected resources to participate in the ISO market, including rooftop solar, energy storage, plug-in electric vehicles, and demand response.