The Reinvention of Energy Efficiency
- Jul 19, 2022 11:24 pm GMT
This item is part of the Energy Efficiency - July 2022 SPECIAL ISSUE, click here for more
Over the past 35 years, I've had the opportunity to watch and participate in so many aspects of our industry’s transformation. One of the most interesting of these has been watching the degree to which energy efficiency (EE) and demand response (DR) programs continue to impact so many functions across the energy value chain. It's reshaped how we think about and leverage our investments in customer experience. It's transformed how we plan and procure supply- both from a centralized generation and distributed resource perspective. And it's completely changed how we think about the development and operability of our smart grid.
Compared with where we were at the dawn of the “demand side management” movement in the late 80’s/ early 90’s, the landscape for energy efficiency has changed at every level- from how we assess program costs and benefits, structure our programs and utilize incentives; to the ways we motivate behavioral changes to shift demand patterns, eliminate unnecessary and wasteful consumption, and help customers make better energy choices overall.
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