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The Effect on Electricity Consumption of the Commonwealth Edison Customer Applications Program: Phase 2 Final Analysis

This report describes the final Phase 2 analysis of the effects on residential customers' energy consumption patterns of Commonwealth Edison's (ComEd's) Customer Application Program (CAP).

This report presents the findings of a pilot, implemented by Commonwealth Edison, to improve the understanding of how advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) can be used to influence residential electricity consumption. It is part of a series of Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) studies to help the power industry exploit technological advances and induce changes regarding when and how consumers use electricity in order to increase reliability, reduce costs, and promote sustainable economic growth.

The final report will interest those concerned with the efficacy with which smart grid technologies facilitate Demand Response (DR). AMI-enabled pricing structures and technologies can yield system-wide distribution benefits when they provide, at lower cost, services comparable to those that could otherwise be provided only by supply-side resources. These benefits include reduced costs of generation and transmission, lower distribution capital and operating costs, and reduced siting and environmental costs associated with supply-side technologies. DR might also provide flexibility that could help planners ensure reliable delivery with limited resources. Smart grid technologies might facilitate DR by giving customers information to help them make effective consumption decisions and offer automated ways to make those decisions. The ComEd project provides data to assess the extent to which smart grid technologies actually do induce DR.

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G. Horst