Utilities get high marks for demand-side management


E Source benchmarked 40 utility demand-side management (DSM) portfolios using data from DSM annual reports, and found that 75 percent of program administrators achieved at least 90 percent of their electric or gas energy-savings goals.

Adam Maxwell, product manager for E Source Efficiency Services calls these numbers "truly astounding," considering the challenges of the current economic climate and an era of low natural gas prices.

"DSM goals have been exponentially increasing since 2009," Maxwell said. "When you put it in the context of these unprecedented DSM goals, the fact that a large majority of administrators achieved 90 percent or more of their goals is remarkable."

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E), Southern California Edison, and BC Hydro all saved more than 1 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity; PG&E and Southern California Gas Co. both saved more than 3 million gross decatherms (Dth) of gas energy.

The absolute energy-savings figures don't tell the entire story: 18 electric utilities and four gas utilities achieved energy savings of at least 1 percent of their retail sales.

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