Demand Response

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.

Demand response will lower the peak system needs by customers reducing loads during these "curtailment" periods.


In order to help maintain a flat load profile, demand response can move load from peak periods to underused periods.

peak shifting

Demand Response Advisory Committee

Pacific Northwest Demand Response Project

See the Council's work in demand response from 2005 through the present at the Pacific Northwest Demand Response Project pages.

Demand Response in the News

Papers & Presentations

Other Resources