DEMAND RESPONSE (DR) TRADITIONALLY REFERS TO THE ability to curtail some electrical
loads at peak times to alleviate the need for peaking generation sources.
Basically, it means being able to turn loads off on command. Progress in
communication protocols and technology has been extraordinary in the past decade,
making cheap, fast communication widespread. Over the next decade, we expect
inexpensive broadband to become ubiquitous. In addition, more and more electrical
loads are equipped for communication as well as control. Together, these trends
enable a new way of thinking about DR, which we call demand dispatch.