As more utilities begin implementing demand response and energy efficiency programs, it is useful to develop metrics to analyze these programs. In particular, how wide-spread are these programs, and how much energy is being saved or conserved through them?
There are a few sources available for such metrics. The Energy Information Administration (EIA) compiles data on demand response and advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) on its Form EIA-861. This annual survey, as discussed in a previous blog post, is completed by all electric utilities in the United States. Schedule 6 asks respondents to provide information about their demand-side management programs. On Part A of Schedule 6, respondents provide data on incremental and annual effects as well as estimates for peak load reduction. Schedule B contains information about costs: both direct program costs and costs associated with incentive payments. Supplemental information is provided on Part C, and Part D contains information regarding AMI and Automated Meter Reading (AMR). The EIA-861 datafile can be downloaded here.