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With advancements in automation and smart technology, consumers are becoming sellers, not just buyers of electricity. Customers who enroll in demand response programs provide electricity curtailments to help balance system needs.

 

The ISO is creating market mechanisms that enable demand response, either through utility programs or aggregated by third-party entities, to bid into the wholesale market and be dispatched similar to a generator. The combination of a competitive wholesale marketplace and operational flexibility is the foundation for modernizing a power delivery system that is more than 100 years old.