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What Is Demand Response?

Traditionally, grid operators turn on more generation resources to handle peak load periods; however, for grid balancing purposes, turning off demand has essentially the same effect as turning on additional generation. Demand Response (DR) is the consumers' measurable change from normal electricity consumption patterns in response to a market signal, such as changes in the price of electricity or a curtailment notice by a utility or market operator when overall grid load and system reliability are jeopardized. 

Most DR programs offer economic incentives or payments designed to induce consumers to reduce electricity use for a specified period of time - typically peak periods of the day. Reductions in energy demand during peak hours may be implemented by shifting electricity use to another time period or by taking measures to use less electricity.

Commercial and industrial consumers with a peak demand load greater than 200 kilowatts (kW) make up a majority of the grid load in the US. Participation in DR programs can create economic benefits for consumers, as well as play a significant role in assuring grid reliability. 

Learn more about the various types of DR Programs


Skipping Stone offers Energy Markets training, including Demand Response. Each of our courses comes with a comprehensive manual and features interactive exercises that create real world simulations for course participants.

For information please call or email:
Davinah Jenkins

Skipping Stone's Role in Demand Response

Our Demand Response leadership team has been involved in the market since before it was called DR. We have participated in market developments from the early stages of technology and market entrants, into the current phase of automation, consolidation and market rule changes.

Demand Response Services

Program Selection & Set Up
 • Selection & implementation
 • Design and rates
 • Regulatory assistance
 • Program benchmarking
 • Economic analysis
 • Technical reviews

Market Adoption
 • Pilot planning
 • Pilot program management
 • Education programs
 • Marketing programs

Technology Solutions
 • Application design
 • Testing
 • Implementation¬†
 • Gap analysis
 • Vendor selection
 • Process mapping
 • Documentation
 • Demo preparation

 • Business case development
 • Price forecasts
 • Cash flow analysis

LEED Credit Processing
 • Curtailment plans
 • Documentation generation

Business Development
 • Growth option evaluations
 • M&A services
 • Channel Partner program    development
 • Business development teams

 • Demand Response 101
 • Power Markets 101

Back Office
 • Documentation processing
 • Energy accounting
 • Setup & implementation
 • Reconciliation projects

In Demand Response we work with:

  • Building Automation Companies
  • Building Owners
  • Curtailment Services Providers
  • Financial Institutions
  • International Markets
  • LEED Teams
  • Municipalities
  • Property Managers
  • Regulators
  • Retail Marketers
  • Technology Companies
  • Utilities
  • Wholesale Markets

Email us to learn more about our DR services

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