The use of demand response and advanced metering programs has risen significantly since 2008 to cover more consumers around the country, said a new staff report issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
FERC’s 2010 Demand Response and Advanced Metering Survey, which covers calendar year 2009, shows that more than 500 entities reported offering demand response programs in the United States, with the potential demand response contribution from those programs estimated at more than 58,000 megawatts (MW), or 7.6 percent of U.S. peak demand. This is an increase of about 17,000 MW from the 2008 FERC survey. The regions with the largest estimated demand response resources are the Midwest-to-Mid-Atlantic region, and also the Upper Midwest and the Southeast.
The survey also indicates that advanced metering use has reached 8.7 percent of the U.S. market, up from 4.7 percent levels outlined in the 2008 report. Advanced meters reach more than 13 percent of the market in the upper Midwest, West and Texas. As in previous surveys, electric cooperatives have the largest penetration of advanced metering use, nearly 25 percent, among categories of organizations.
This staff report, like the 2008 and 2006 staff reports, is based on a survey sent to more than 3,400 companies in the United States, including investor-owned and municipal utilities, rural electric cooperatives, power marketers and others. More than 1,750 companies that serve 78 percent of retail customers responded to the 2010 survey.