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When It Comes to Demand Response, Is FERC Its Own Worst Enemy?


  • Bushnell, James
  • Hobbs, Benjamin F.
  • Wolak, Frank A.


There is a significant risk of creating conditions that will crowd out true price response by focusing too much on demand response programs with unverifiable baselines and reliability-based rather than price-based mechanisms for obtaining consumption reductions.

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  • Bushnell, James & Hobbs, Benjamin F. & Wolak, Frank A., 2009. "When It Comes to Demand Response, Is FERC Its Own Worst Enemy?," The Electricity Journal, Elsevier, vol. 22(8), pages 9-18, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jelect:v:22:y:2009:i:8:p:9-18

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