On July 5, FERC and DoE released a joint staff report, Implementation Proposal for the National Action Plan on Demand Response, calling for a national forum to jump start the development of demand-response programs intended to significantly reduce electricity usage during periods of high demand. Congress will receive the report as required by Section 529 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. The 24-page report outlines steps for the implementation of a national action plan promoting demand-response programs, involving federal and state regulators and the private sector. FERC estimated that demand response programs could reduce electricity consumption by 20% during peak periods.