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At least 1,342 demand response (DR) programs are now under way worldwide, with 95% of them located in North America, according to a new tracker report from Navigant Research.

DR programs have been offered to many electric customers in the U.S. for decades. In the last 10 years, Navigant Research says utilities and grid operators have adopted new technologies and practices to move demand resources to the next evolutionary phase, offering more advanced types of DR schemes.

“Demand response continues to exhibit strong growth in North America, but it is also showing increasing adoption in other regions, particularly in Europe and Asia Pacific,” says senior research analyst Marianne Hedin.

“A growing number of utilities and grid operators, in countries such as the United Kingdom, France, Australia, New Zealand, China, Hong Kong, South Africa, Japan and South Korea, have actively taken steps to implement or expand their DR offerings,” Hedin continues.

The report says DR falls into four market models, each addressing different objectives: capacity, economic programs, ancillary services and energy trading.

The capacity and economic market objectives account for the majority of the overall market, in terms of the number of programs. The energy trading and ancillary services markets are very small, with a combined total of only 25 programs, accounting for less than 1% of overall DR, according to the report.

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