CPUC Undercounts Energy Savings That Can Offset The Need For New Power Plants http://t.co/PL0jSB27
— Leonardo ENERGY (@LeonardoENERGY) December 21, 2012
This story highlighted how energy efficiency can or should be used as a planning tool in the licensing of new power stations. The more that cost-effective energy-saving measures can be realized, the less need there is for additional electricity production.
But average energy demand is only one consideration; required power capacity is another. Therefore, the International Energy Agency (IEA) recently advocated for an accurate prediction of the Demand Response (DR) potential that can shift energy use to moments of surplus. Just like with energy efficiency, DR is increasingly being taken into account in grid and power plant capacity planning.