FERC issued a very interesting report last week on the potential for demand response programs to reduce the need to construct new electric generation. According to a report from BNA: "The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said June 18 that conservation measures by electricity customers, both businesses and homes, known as demand response programs, could reduce the nation's use of electricity during peak periods by as much as 20 percent if fully implemented. ‘Several hundred power plants would not have to be built, consumers bills could be lowered, and greenhouse gas emissions would be reduced,' FERC Chairman Jon Wellinghoff said at the commission's monthly business meeting." 116 DER A-5.
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