- Jul 21, 2021 3:40 pm GMT
A study led by researchers from the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory found that maximizing the deployment of building demand management technologies could avoid the need for up to one-third of coal- or gas-fired power generation and would mean that at least half of all such power plants that are expected to be brought online between now and 2050 would not need to be built.
The researchers found that the most impactful measures for residential buildings were preconditioning (in which homes are precooled so less air-conditioning usage is needed at peak times) and using heat pump water heaters; for commercial buildings, plug load management, which involves using software to manage the power consumption of computers and other electronic devices in a building, was most impactful.
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