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The answers to 5 key questions about the world’s most scalable demand response technology

  • By Heather Roth and Aaron Tinjum
  • January 22, 2015

5 Questions

Last summer, Behavioral Demand Response (BDR) helped utilities cut peak electric demand by up to 5 percent.

That created a lot of buzz not only among utilities, but also among consumers who were energized about their role in keeping peaker power plants offline. The across-the-board enthusiasm sparked several great questions in our recent webinar discussion about BDR, which featured commentary from a range of industry innovators.

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Texas is struggling to cut its peak power demand. This technology can boost the state’s demand response efforts.

  • By Aaron Tinjum
  • January 13, 2015

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Texas has been an energy innovator on many fronts: the state instituted the country’s first Energy Efficiency Resource Standard (EERS) in 1999; it leads the nation in installed wind capacity; and it has created a highly effective framework for smart meter adoption.

Despite its innovations, however, it’s trailing in a key category that has big implications for the stability of its power grid: Texas lags behind other markets when it comes to shaving down peak power demand.

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This innovative technology can help California drastically cut peak power demand — without using prices or devices

  • By Aaron Tinjum
  • December 9, 2014

This past summer, something remarkable happened in Southern California.

Consumers proactively reduced their electricity usage on days when system-wide demand was high — without receiving any financial incentive. In fact, on one of the hottest days of the summer, regional power demand dropped by a whopping 5 percent in the late afternoon.

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