Demand response is the voluntary and temporary reduction in consumers’ use of electricity when the power system is stressed. The Seventh Power Plan found that it’s the least-cost solution for providing new peaking capacity, and that at least 600 megawatts should be developed to meet peaking needs and satisfy regional resource adequacy standards.
The Seventh Power Plan action plan recommends comparing it to the cost and economic risk of relying on external market purchases to meet capacity.
We are inviting comments on an issue paper we just released related to our proposed new DR Advisory Committee. Learn more here. Comments are due June 17, 2016
See the Council's work in demand response from 2005 through the present at the Pacific Northwest Demand Response Project pages.