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2014-03: Demand Response in Deregulated Electricity markets: Trends and Opportunities
November 20-21, 2014


Universidad Politécnica de Valencia

Introduction and Objectives

The participation of electricity customers in Energy and Ancillary services in Electric Energy Systems through “Demand Response” mechanisms is rocketing as new technologies, programs and markets facilitating this participation. This growth refers not only to energy but ancillary services markets and services.
SmartGrids are, by definition, User-Oriented so that they mainly rely on customer reaction to fully achieve its full implementation.
The benefits that can be achieved with a generalized implementation of DR are impressive: Recent studies have evaluated that a potential reduction of 5% in peak demand due to DR policies (DR represents now about 66GW, i.e. 10% of US peak demand) would produce a benefit of about 30,000 million dollars in a time horizon of 20 years.
Estimation for the EU market shows that the peaking capacity of new power plants is valued at €60-80/kW-year. A five percent drop in EU peak demand is achievable by DR (567 GW of peak load is forecasted by 2020 according to ENTSO-E). This represents around €40,000 million which justifies the interest from an economic point of view of any possible contribution to this field of knowledge.
Specific economic benefits in markets achieved by DR participation in AS markets could range from $80 to $800 million a year, depending on the specific AS service and according to US Department of Energy estimations.
This course is oriented to present the most relevant technical and economic issues that drive Customer Demand Response from the perspective of the different agents of the energy system: Customers, network operators, regulators, etc.
A comprehensive analysis of the current situation of DR in Europe and USA will be provided in the course.
Special interest is devoted to customer issues, as the basic provider of Demand Response Resources, including demand organization and technology issues. Current trends in potential of customer and enabling technologies for active load participation in deregulated electricity markets are addressed in the course.

Course Coordinator

Prof. Carlos Álvarez Bel (


November 20th

08:00-08:45 - Registration and coffee.
08:45-09:00 - Welcome: Course objectives an overview of contents and structure (Carlos Álvarez)
09:00-10:00 - Introduction to Demand Response. Definitions and framework for DR. Economic and Ecologic principles (Carlos Alvarez.)
10:00-11:00 - Benefits of Demand Response. Impact on Electric Energy Market agents (Pedro Linares)
11:00-11:30 - Coffee break
11:30-13:00 - The perspective of Demand Response from Network Operation: TSO and DSO. Regulation and Network Codes for the future European Electricity Network, (David Trebolle)
13:00-14:30 - Lunch
14:30-15:30 - The Demand Side perspective. Opportunities, barriers and New Markets for Residential and Commercial segments (Antonio Gabaldón)
15:30:17:00 - Enabling” Technologies for Demand Response (Mary Ann Piette)

November 21st

09:00-10:00 - Demand Response in the Industrial Sector: Analysis, Assessment and Certification of End-User Flexibility (Manuel Alcazar)
10:00-11:00 - DR in the Nordic Countries: principles, aggregation, experience and barriers. (Pekka Koponen)
11:00-11:30 - Coffee break
11:30-12:30 - Demand Response activity in Europe (Marcelo de Moura)
12:30-13:15 - Implementation Cases: demand Response in the Industrial production: DRIP Project. (Manuel Alcázar)
13:15-14:30 - Lunch
14:30-15:30 - The DR experience in USA: topics, developments and future trends. (Mary-Ann Piette)
15:30:17:00 - Round Table: Present and future of Demand Response: Current barriers and ways to overcome them (All speakers)

Confirmed Speakers

Carlos Álvarez: Institute for Energy Engineering, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia. Valencia, Spain
Pedro Linares: Instituto de Investigación Tecnológica. Universidad Pontificia de Comillas. Madrid, Spain
David Trebolle: Dept. of Active Management and Advanced Applications in Operation. Gas Natural Fenosa, Spain
Antonio Gabaldón: Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena, Spain
Mary Ann Piette: Director of the Demand Response Research center, of the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, USA
Manuel Alcazar: Department of Research and Innovation of RWE, Germany
Pekka Koponen: VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
Marcelo de Moura: Policy Officer, Smart Energy Demand Coalition, Belgium


The course will take place in the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Camino de Vera s/n. 46022 Valencia. Spain

Course fees

Registration fees per person for each type of participant follow:

Contact person

Prof. Carlos Álvarez Bel (