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Energy Efficiency

The electricity industry must maintain reliable and affordable service for customers in the face of growing power demands. Efficiency is a resource that can help address this challenge by reducing the need to generate new electricity and instead use power that is already available.

Research can facilitate a market for efficiency by assessing, testing, and demonstrating new technologies to accelerate their adoption into utility programs. Understanding the impact of electric vehicles in the market as well as customers’ desires and electricity use patterns can also successfully support greater adoption of efficient technologies. With an increase in utilities’ knowledge about the behaviors of their customers and how they use and value electricity, a new age of efficient residential energy use can be achieved.

 

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Featured Research Demand Response Devices Resources Spotlights

Demand response (DR) devices, such as programmable communicating thermostats and sensors on air conditioners, remain a critically underused resource in the United States. In addition to customers’ natural reluctance to installing equipment in buildings and homes that interacts with utilities, a key barrier to greater use of DR devices is installation costs incurred by utilities.

Cost and human behavior barriers can be overcome if major energy-consuming appliances and plug loads come ready to support DR programs out of the box, known as “DR-Ready.” EPRI is identifying the capabilities of devices to be considered DR-Ready, defining and refining functional capabilities in a way that describes what a DR-Ready device must be able to accomplish with specific inputs and conditions. Examples include identifying utility programs that are most likely to be supported by device manufacturers and consumers, and developing a roadmap for industry migration to ubiquitous mass-market demand response.