Demand-side management involves reducing electricity use through activities or programs that promote electric energy efficiency or conservation, or more efficient management of electric energy loads.
To improve the analysis, planning and delivery of these programs, we commissioned an Electric Demand Side Management (DSM) Potential Study in 2015, and an update and expansion to that study in 2020. The DSM Potential Studies help us better understand the type and scale of electric energy efficiency and demand reduction programs that will reduce our community's energy use.
An extensive amount of research was conducted to develop these studies. In addition to drawing from national and industry benchmarking sources, the 2015 study included significant primary research of our local market, including statistically based surveys of customers to better understand equipment, behavior and preferences for potential energy efficiency offerings. The 2020 Study incorporated substantial changes to codes and standards that were implemented between 2015 and 2020, and added additional insight around natural gas energy efficiency, demand response solutions, electric vehicles, distributed solar energy, and battery storage systems.
The results quantify the amount of energy and demand we can save from now until 2040 at different levels of cost and provide program concepts that we can incorporate into our planning efforts.