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Industry News
Electroindustry Technologies Key To Implementing Demand Response
July 7, 2009

In response to a report released by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in June, the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) is advocating the use of the state-by-state study as a guide for achieving maximum cost-effective demand response.

The National Assessment of Demand Response Potential was authorized by the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. The report finds that with full demand-response participation, the U.S. can level out peak-capacity requirements through 2019, nearly eliminating the need for new power plants. The peak-shifting behavior is based primarily on the prevalence of central air conditioner controls along with the use of advanced meters and communicating thermostats.

“The FERC report shows the potential of how our nation can address many energy goals through the smart use of energy management technologies,” said NEMA President and CEO Evan R. Gaddis.

In addition to existing technologies, this report identifies future technological trends that can continue to reduce peak load, including Smart Grid capable appliances, photovoltaic panels, and plug-in electric vehicles. Because these newer technologies have a short track record, their demand-response potential was not quantified. To speed adoption of current and future technologies, regulators can include demand-response technologies in building codes and increase the use of dynamic, as opposed to fixed, electricity rates. The report, however, does quantify the current status and future trends of demand response in each state.

“NEMA encourages state regulatory commissions and companies to use the state-by-state program as a guide for achieving the maximum level of cost-effective demand response in each state,” said Gaddis.

To access the entire FERC report, go to http://www.ferc.gov/industries/electric/indus-act/demand-response/dr-potential.asp.

To learn more about NEMA’s Smart Grid initiative, go to http://www.nema.org/smartgrid.

From thermostats and lighting controls to meters and motors, NEMA members provide cutting edge solutions for demand response and energy efficiency. NEMA has provided FERC with extensive input on grid technology issues, including comments on the transmission investment and smart grid rulemakings. NEMA also organized the first-ever grid technology demo at FERC headquarters in April 2009, showcasing advanced grid devices and demand response technologies from across the industry.

NEMA is the association of electrical and medical imaging equipment manufacturers. Founded in 1926 and headquartered near Washington, D.C., its approximately 450 member companies manufacture products used in the generation, transmission and distribution, control, and end use of electricity. These products are used in utility, industrial, commercial, institutional, and residential applications. The association’s Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA) Division represents manufacturers of cutting-edge medical diagnostic imaging equipment including MRI, CT, x-ray, and ultrasound products. Worldwide sales of NEMA-scope products exceed $120 billion. In addition to its headquarters in Rosslyn, Virginia, NEMA also has offices in Beijing and Mexico City.

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