Sidebar: Demand-Response Resources

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The U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Program publishes information on energy-incentive programs on a state-by-state basis but it also publishes demand-response and load-management programs. Learn more about state-level opportunities at:

For example, the program provides listings for public energy-efficiency programs available in Wisconsin, as well as distributed-energy resource programs. But the bulk of the listings cover demand-response programs from major utility companies: WE Energies, Xcel, Wisconsin Public Service Corp., Alliant and Madison Gas and Electric.

Also, the U.S. Green Building Council offers a program that pairs demand-response planning with LEED certification. It is called the Demand-Response Partnership Program, and consists of two parts — market-related and research-focused.

The market goals include:

  • Drive adoption of demand response in institutional and commercial buildings and facilitate their participation in grid-reliability and smart-grid initiatives.
  • Reduce dependency on fossil-fuel peak generation.
  • Address electric-grid infrastructure and reliability needs, and act as a balancing agent for renewable generation.

Research goals of the program include:

  • Develop an understanding of economic and environmental benefits of demand response and impacts
    on grid reliability.
  • Track and improve the persistence and repeatability of demand response.
  • Develop peak-demand and demand-response benchmarking.
  • Assess the current and future technologies and products that buildings, utilities and vendors require
    to drive further adoption of demand response.

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