The Edison Electric Institute (EEI) and the Peak Load Management Alliance (PLMA) announce that the 2002 On-Line Demand Response Benchmarking System is ready to receive data from interested parties. For companies or entities that operate demand-response programs, there is no cost to participate.

The purpose of this streamlined system is to allow program managers to compare and contrast their programs with those of other companies. Ideally, this will help provide valuable program effectiveness feedback for those who operate or consider operating demand-response programs. The survey has been streamlined and upgraded for 2002, based on user feedback. As with previous surveys, participants are provided codes to protect their privacy.

The Web site, www.eeidatasource.com/eeilreq/index.cfm, provides information on how to register for the on-line system. Access to this system is restricted to companies or entities that run demand-response programs, such as investor-owned utilities, municipal utilities, rural electric cooperatives, ISOs/RTOs, state/federal utilities and energy services companies. In order to access the on-line data, an entity must submit 2002 program data.

For more information, contact Steve Rosenstock, EEI, at 202-508-5465 or srosenstock@eei.org, or Elliot Boardman, PLMA, at 561-575-1788 or eboardman@att.net.