Integration of Demand Response into Utility Operations

Dr. Jason Black, Systems Engineer
GE Global Research Center

There are a variety of demand response programs in existence today that are focused primarily on reducing peak demand at the transmission level. Industrial and large commercial customers are the primary participants in these programs. The build out of the smart grid will enable large scale participation of residential and small commercial consumers in utility operations. Participation by these customers will allow DR programs to support distribution level operations, in addition to transmission level programs that are already in existence. The growth in distributed renewables will increase the need for flexible, localized resources on distribution grids. This talk will describe several future methods that can incorporate DR into operations at both the transmission and distribution level.

Jason W. Black is a systems engineer in the Computing and Decision Sciences group at the GE Global Research Center. Dr. Black is currently leading a research program to develop demand optimization algorithms for GE’s smart grid product offerings. He received his Ph.D. in Engineering Systems at MIT in 2005. He received a B.S. degree in electrical engineering and a B.A. in international studies from the University of Notre Dame in 1994. He is a member of IEEE, IAEE, and the System Dynamics Society. Dr. Black is also currently serving as a Lieutenant Colonel in the New York National Guard, and has deployed to Iraq and Haiti during his military career.

Distinguished Lecture Series of NDEC/SEI and Systems Seminar Series