Counting the Capacity that Didn't Hatch: The Rate Mitigation Effect of DSM Programs

Event Details

Counting the Capacity that Didn't Hatch: The Rate Mitigation Effect of DSM Programs

Time: December 12, 2013 from 11am to 12pm
Location: Center for Energy and Environment
Website or Map: https://mncee.webex.com/mncee…
Event Type: webinar
Organized By: Anna Jursik
Latest Activity: Nov 22, 2013

Export to Outlook or iCal (.ics)

Event Description

Minnesota’s electric utility efficiency programs have saved approximately 68,000 GWh of electricity since 1992.1 This conserved energy, which has been called “negawatts,”2 can be considered a system resource analogous to a new power plant. It allows utilities to serve their projected load with available supply resources by reducing demand rather than increasing supply.

Using Xcel Energy as a case study, this analysis compares the cost of Demand Side Management (DSM) programs to the revenue requirements of new central generation resources that would have been built had customer demand not been reduced. Results show that DSM programs have a revenue benefit to all ratepayers, since they keep costs down overall, allowing customers to save on the energy they do use as well as the energy they don’t. This webinar will provide an analysis overview, highlighting how the effects on revenue differ from the levelized cost calculations currently used, and how historical and ongoing benefits from DSM program activity might be framed in the future.  

Target Audience

  • Utility DSM managers
  • Energy policy experts
  • Policy-makers

Webinar Outline

  • Compare Demand Side Management scenario to a power plant scenario
  • Looking more in-depth at the following avoided costs:

    • Power plant displacement
    • Transmission infrastructure displacement
    • Average Measure Life of equipment and relevant avoided costs
  • Summarizing Results

Presenter Bio


Jenny_E_HR-(1).jpgJenny Edwards is the Program Manager of CEE’s Innovation Exchange. She joined CEE in 2010 with over ten years of diverse energy analysis and planning experience. She has researched renewable and energy efficiency policy in the context of California’s energy crisis, reported on natural gas development in the state of Alaska, and examined alternatives to state planning mechanisms for offshore wind development in the northeast US. She holds a B.A. in physics from UC Berkeley and a Master’s in City Planning from MIT.

*This analysis was presented at the 2013 ACEEE Energy Efficiency Conference on Energy Efficiency as a Resource in Nashville, TN.

Calculated using first-year savings data provided by the Minnesota Department of Energy Resources, assuming an average 15-year measure life across utility programs, through 2011 reporting. 

A term coined by Amory Lovins in his 1990 paper “The Negawatt Revolution.”

 

Comment Wall

Comment

RSVP for Counting the Capacity that Didn't Hatch: The Rate Mitigation Effect of DSM Programs to add comments!

Join Home Energy Pros

Attending (1)

Videos

  • Add Videos
  • View All

Twitter

Latest Activity

Dennis Heidner replied to Dan Antonioli's discussion Net Zero Energy Hot Water
"Dan, Solar PV and solar H2O work in northern climates...They can still provide the desired goal in…"
11 hours ago
Joseph Frederick added a discussion to the group Energy Auditing Equipment for Sale, Trade or to Purchase
Thumbnail

Blower door Equipment for sale

Minneapolis Blower Door model 700, DG with cruise control. Hoses and manuals, door frame. Used once…See More
14 hours ago
Dan Antonioli replied to Dan Antonioli's discussion Net Zero Energy Hot Water
"For my particular application the heat pump heater would be integral to the tank and thus be…"
17 hours ago
Dennis Heidner replied to Dan Antonioli's discussion Net Zero Energy Hot Water
"What climate zone are you in?  Where would the hot water heater be set?  Northern…"
18 hours ago
Larry Weingarten replied to Dan Antonioli's discussion Net Zero Energy Hot Water
"Hello:  Looking for solid numbers,you might want to search "Martin Holladay solar thermal…"
19 hours ago
Profile IconGabriel Lieb, Beth Neri and Aaron Beck joined Home Energy Pros
19 hours ago
Kim Tanner posted a discussion

Game of Homes

Have you seen the new online game by EnergyLogic, Game of Homes? If not you should check it out!…See More
21 hours ago
Beth Neri liked John Gillis's discussion Tamarack Technologies Introduces First Intelligent Whole House Fan
21 hours ago

© 2016   Created by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service