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National Assessment & Action Plan on Demand Response

2009 National Assessment

The assessment, A National Assessment of Demand Response Potential, finds the potential for peak electricity demand reductions across the country is between 38 gigawatts (GW) and 188 GW, up to 20 percent of national peak demand, depending on how extensively demand response is applied. This can reduce the need to operate hundreds of power plants during peak times.

The study also makes recommendations for overcoming barriers to more use of demand response. By reducing electricity consumption at peak times like hot summer afternoons, when the most expensive generators are called into service, demand response can lower the cost of producing electricity.

Staff Report (issued June 18, 2009)

David Kathan
Telephone: 202-502-6404
Email: david.kathan@ferc.gov

Michael Tita
Telephone: 202-502-6448
Email: michael.tita@ferc.gov

All questions regarding the Model should be sent to: NADRModel@ferc.gov


Updated: November 9, 2012