Leverage the current energy crisis to accelerate implementation of policy frameworks for demand-side flexibility
In responding to the current crisis, governments should not lose sight of long-term decarbonisation goals, and therefore they should accelerate the use of demand-side flexibility to support energy security and system resilience.
Governments and regulators should appropriately value and reward demand-side resources, allowing them to compete fairly with supply-side sources of flexibility, ensuring that explicit and implicit barriers to demand-side participation in demand response programmes are removed. They should ensure there is a level playing field for both traditional and new flexibility providers, including aggregators. Demand-side resources should also be included in power system planning.
Finally, they should provide incentives, clear communication and education to promote the active participation of consumers and communities in providing flexibility, while strengthening cybersecurity, safeguarding consumers’ privacy, and ensuring equity and affordability.