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

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