5 million households save by letting utilities control their air conditioners

August 7, 2012 at 7:52 pm

Direct load control is one of the most common demand response strategies. It’s when a utility cycles off and on participating customers’ air conditioners or water heaters to reduce electricity demand during critical peak times (typically four hours on hot afternoons, about 10 days per year). These programs help utilities better manage their power supply while reducing costs for all customers since fewer power plants are needed to serve critical peak demand.

Early this year an E Source initiative started closely examining U.S. utility direct load control programs — 49 utilities running direct load control programs in 25 states…

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