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Martha M. Roggenkamp, Lila Barrera-Hernández, Donald N. Zillman, and Iñigo del Guayo

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199645039

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199645039.001.0001

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Demand Response and Infrastructure Development in the United States

Demand Response and Infrastructure Development in the United States

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(p.161) 9 Demand Response and Infrastructure Development in the United States
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Energy Networks and the Law
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LeRoy Paddock

Charlotte Youngblood

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199645039.003.0009

Demand response (DR) describes approaches to reducing electricity demand by end-users rather than adding generation to increase the ‘supply’ of electricity. DR programmes attempt to encourage consumers to either change their electricity usage at certain time periods (‘load shifting’ or ‘peak load shaving’), or to reduce overall electricity use permanently (energy efficiency). Under United States law, ‘demand response’ is defined as ‘a reduction in the consumption of electric energy by customers from their expected consumption in response to an increase in the price of electric energy or to incentive payments designed to induce lower consumption of electric energy’. This chapter explores the evolution of DR programmes in the United States and their impact on electricity networks.

Keywords:   energy demand, demand response programmes, electricity consumption, electricity networks

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