Peak Demand

Blog Post | January 9, 2020

Smart meters gain popularity, but most utilities don’t optimize their potential to save energy

Despite billions of dollars invested in advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), new ACEEE research finds that most utilities have vastly underused this technology to help customers save energy. Our report, which surveys 52 of the largest US electric utilities, shows how utilities can tap such data to deliver energy savings.

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Blog Post | November 20, 2019

Grid-interactive efficient buildings are the future, and utilities can help lead the way

More utilities across the United States are adopting programs to promote grid-interactive efficient buildings (GEBs), which will be critical to the grid of the future.

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Blog Post | September 10, 2019

Missed Opportunity: Few utilities fully integrate energy efficiency and demand response

In a large missed opportunity to boost power grid flexibility and benefit customers, relatively few US utilities have programs that fully integrate energy efficiency and demand response, according to ACEEE’s robust review of 44 utility filings.

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Press Release | January 18, 2011

AHAM and Efficiency Organizations Seek Recognition of Benefits of Smart Appliances from ENERGY STAR

Washington, D.C. —  The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) and efficiency organizations including the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) have submitted a petition to the ENERGY STAR program to recognize the benefits of smart appliances and jump start the smart grid. The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) estimates that implementing smart grid technologies could reduce electricity use by more than four percent annually by 2030. Smart appliances can have an even more profound impact on reducing expensive peak demand.

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Press Release | February 28, 2007

Targeting Electric Reliability: Energy Efficiency As a Peak Demand Resource

Washington, D.C. — Energy efficiency programs can be effective resources for reducing peak demand as well as overall load, according to a new report from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. The report, Examining the Peak Demand Impacts of Energy Efficiency: A Review of Program Experience and Industry Practices, documents how energy efficiency programs can deliver savings during peak demand periods when the power grid is most stressed.

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Press Release | September 4, 2003

Blackouts and the Big Picture

Washington, D.C. -— The crucial point to understand about the Great Blackout of 2003 is that it is just a symptom of a much larger problem having to do with the inefficiency of our energy systems and the resulting massive over-consumption of energy in our country. With a mere 5% of the world's population, we consume over one-fourth of the global energy used each year. It is shocking how many of the current problems we face are linked to our excessive energy use. The Great Blackout was just the energy crisis of the week.

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Press Release | August 15, 2003

Blackout Highlights the Need for Energy Efficiency

Washington, D.C. — Yesterday's blackout in the Northeast is a dramatic reminder that North Americans' consumption of electricity can readily outstrip our electric power infrastructure. While the cause of this outage is not yet certain, it is clear that hot summer temperatures led to high demand for air conditioning and severely taxed the region's electricity system. "This disaster highlights the need for energy efficiency, especially in air conditioning systems, to keep peak loads manageable and to keep the lights on for all of us," said Bill Prindle, Deputy Director of ACEEE.

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Press Release | May 9, 2002

New Study Describes How Energy Efficiency Programs Helped Avert Electricity Crises in 2001

Washington, D.C. — Energy efficiency programs played a crucial role in helping to respond to electric system reliability concerns last year, according to a new study by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).

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