Demand Response

Demand response provides the ERCOT market with valuable reliability and economic services by helping to preserve system reliability, enhancing competition, mitigating price spikes, and encouraging the demand side of the market to respond better to wholesale price signals. 

In collaboration with market participants, ERCOT has developed demand response products and services for customers that have the ability to reduce or modify electricity use in response to instructions or signals. Loads may participate by offering directly into the ERCOT markets or indirectly by voluntarily reducing their energy usage in response to wholesale prices.

Emergency Response Service is now open to participation by certain generators.

The links below provide additional detail on these opportunities.

Reports and Other Supporting Information


Emergency Response Service
Learn how a Load or aggregation of Loads, or certain types of generators, through their QSEs, can provide valuable response during a grid emergency.
Load Resource Participation in the ERCOT Markets
Learn how a Load or aggregation of Loads, through a QSE, can qualify to provide Ancillary Services (Responsive Reserves, Nonspin Reserves, and/or Regulation Service) and participate in Security-Constrained Economic Dispatch (SCED).
Voluntary Load Response
Loads may contract with their Load Serving Entity to receive financial benefits for responding to wholesale energy market prices.

Key Documents

Jan 17, 2024 - docx - 251.1 KB
May 16, 2024 - xlsx - 18.2 KB
DR Survey OBD
Demand Response Technical Specifications document has been incorporated into an Other Binding Document.
DR & Price Response Survey Analysis Final Report_2013_2014
Public Version results of Demand Response survey and REP data analysis by Frontier Associates and ERCOT Staff
Dec 2, 2014 - pdf - 694.4 KB
Mar 11, 2015 - xls - 55 KB
Related Content