Alliance to Save Energy introduces new tool to evaluate the benefits of demand flexibility

Published on December 17, 2021 by Dave Kovaleski

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The Active Efficiency Collaborative, an initiative launched by the Alliance to Save Energy, recently released a report designed to help people understand the benefits of demand flexibility.

Demand flexibility is the capability to reduce, shed, shift, or modulate electricity consumption in real-time. It is critical to ensure that the energy transition can occur rapidly without compromising reliability or energy affordability.

The collaborative’s Demand Flexibility Valuation Report — done in partnership with the Brattle Group — features an interactive tool that allows users to evaluate the benefits of demand flexibility. The tool allows users to specify their interest in demand flexibility and instantaneously receive customized resources. Further, it shows how demand flexibility can help reduce costs, meet capacity needs, and decarbonize the grid.

“Decarbonizing our energy system is a two-part process – it’s not just about clean supply, but better managed demand,” Alliance President Paula Glover said. “Unfortunately, the potential of demand-side solutions is often stymied by how difficult it can be to quantify their value – what’s the dollar value of a family choosing to run their dishwasher at 5 p.m. versus 8 p.m.? The Active Efficiency Collaborative’s new tool will help decisionmakers in the industry understand and evaluate the full range of benefits that demand flexibility can provide.”

The Active Efficiency Collaborative, founded in 2019, is made up of industry leaders, NGOs, and public sector institutions. The Alliance to Save Energy is a nonprofit alliance of business, government, environmental, and consumer leaders working to expand the economy while using less energy.