Realising Transition Pathways

Wedge B

Integrating demand response

Wedge B will develop a radically new whole-systems analysis framework to assess the role of demand responses in future low carbon systems.

Research will provide a granular depiction of demand and behavioural drivers, aggregated to explore electricity system outcomes providing linkages to market simulation modelling and economic anlaysis in Wedge C.

The Wedge will be delivered as three work packages (WP). 

WP B1: Detailed modelling of energy demand

WP B1 will develop a multi-scale modelling framework to describe the evolution of electriity and fuel demand in households, industry and service sectors along the Pathways.

It will consist of a set of approaches and tools, closely linked through cross-disciplinary and cross-institution working in all of the tasks.

Work will be led by the University of Loughborough, with partners at the University of Surrey and UEA.

WP B2: Feasibility of demand response

WP B2 will explore the technical performance and social acceptability of a range proposed demand response (DR) concepts, in an integrated approach to quantify the changes in electricity load profiles for a range of possible outcomes, reflecting uncertainty. Work will quantify the benefits of DR options to the various classes of consumers for a range of scenarios appropriate to the different pathways.

Work will be led by the University of Loughborough, with partners at Strathclyde University, the University of Surrey and UEA.

WP B3: Whole power systems model for analysis of the role and value of demand response

WP B3 will develop methodologies for integrating bottom-up granular demand and demand response modelling (in WP B1 and B2) into an aggregate Demand Response / Flexibiity model that will inform the system models developed in Wedge C, and a stylised energy system model with key behavioural parameters to investigate broader price and non-price demand reponse drivers.

Work will be led by Imperial College, with partners at UCL.