Demand-side flexibility for power sector transformation

Power systems need to be increasingly flexible to accommodate rising solar and wind shares. One way to achieve this is by adjusting the demand for electricity to better match generation from solar and wind energy over the course of each hour, day, week or longer timeframe. This brief from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) maps out uses, solutions and examples of demand-side flexibility involving different maturity levels and different timescale impacts.