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Energy Efficiency and Demand Side Management

Note from the editor

While smart meter deployments are slowing in the U.S., demand response is rising, both at the retail level where it is managed by utilities and at the wholesale level where it is procured in organized markets.

And it is changing, with utilities increasingly harnessing distributed energy resources to manage their loads more effectively.

More broadly, utilities are using a variety of new resources and connected devices to balance the grid and meet demand, drawing on everything from smart thermostats to large-scale batteries.

Energy consulting firm Navigant projects that spending on energy efficiency in North America will grow at a steady pace over the next 10 years, driven in part by improvements to the resource alongside business models and technologies that continue to evolve.

But the rate of global energy efficiency improvements is slowing, according to a 2018 International Energy Agency report, which found that policy efforts have weakened in recent years.

This trendline provides both broad and specific looks at significant developments in energy efficiency and demand side management, including initiatives by Consolidated Edison, Portland General Electric, Rocky Mountain Power and Minnesota utilities.

Larry Pearl Senior Editor

As smart meters proliferate, a new kind of demand response becomes entrenched

AMI penetration is slowing, but utilities are harnessing new resources to keep demand response growing.

Integration is the next step in demand side management: Here's how 3 utilities are pursuing it

Utilities are developing holistic strategies to take advantage of energy efficiency, demand response and distributed resources

DER integration to fuel energy efficiency growth, reports find

Navigant: Residential DR will triple by 2028, global capacity to top 47 GW

Lower Rocky Mountain Power efficiency targets put trade-off with renewables into focus

"As renewables get cheaper, what is the long-term effect on efficiency? That's the million-dollar question."

Despite failures, ConEd targets more energy savings from non-wires pioneer BQDM

PGE demand response pilot offers $1/kWh incentive, targets 10X customer participation rate

Minnesota's case study: Investing in utility upgrades to boost energy efficiency

Bidgely AI platform targets better efficiency, load-shaping solutions for utilities

The company is partnering with EnergyHub and turning to artificial intelligence and machine learning to give utilities a better idea of what is happening inside homes.

Energy efficiency can save the world — if we can figure out how to pay for it