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The Effect on Electricity Consumption of the Commonwealth Edison Customer Application Program Pilot: Phase 1
G. Horst

This report describes the Phase 1 analysis of some aspects of residential customers' response to Commonwealth Edison’s (ComEd) Customer Application Plan (CAP) as well as the plans to extend the analysis and evaluate additional aspects of that plan during Phase 2 of the evaluation.

Demand response is becoming increasingly important as an adaptation to the rising costs of building new generation plants, siting new transmission and distribution facilities, and dealing with a host of environmental issues including climate change concerns. Improvements in communications and controls reduce costs and broaden the potential impact of responsive loads. Many regulators are pressing utilities to use a range of demand response solutions. An analysis of the efficacy of smart grid technologies in facilitating demand response is essential to determining how these technologies might best be used.

This report describes the methods used by EPRI researchers to evaluate the efficacy of smart grid technologies in providing demand response to Commonwealth Edison. The report provides the first set of results from this evaluation.

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