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FERC sees 20 percent peak demand cut possible by 2019

18 June 2009 — A study by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission finds the potential for peak electricity demand cuts across the country is between 38 GW and 188 GW, by 2019. That is up to 20 percent of national peak demand, depending on how extensively demand response is applied.

The study also makes recommendations for overcoming barriers to demand response use. The assessment was to be to Capitol Hill June 18 to fulfill FERC’s first Energy Independent and Security Act of 2007 reporting requirement on demand response. Congress also directed FERC to develop a National Action Plan on Demand Response, which is due to Congress in June 2010.

The assessment also provides estimates of demand response potential for each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. It estimates the demand response potential for residential and other types of electric customers in each state and analyzes the effect of using technologies, such as programmable thermostats, to assist consumers achieve the estimated potential.