APPA urges public power systems to incorporate demand response

Washington, D.C., June 19, 2009 — Members of the American Public Power Association (APPA) attending their National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, earlier this week adopted unanimously a resolution calling for its utilities to include cost-effective demand response measures as integral components in their power supply portfolios and integrated resource plans.

These demand response measures include automatic load control devices, time-of-use rates, the use of “smart” appliances, and other means of reducing system demand during peak periods. APPA is also urging FERC and the relevant Regional Transmission Organizations to respect, honor and implement the laws and regulations of public power systems regarding the aggregation of demand response on the systems of such public power entities.


More than 600 CEOs and policymakers attended the conference. They adopted a total of six resolutions.

Another resolution took aim at ensuring appropriate implementation of “smart grid” technologies by recommending that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the U.S. Department of Energy develop comprehensive interoperability standards for the integration of smart grid devices. APPA also urges continued congressional support of related smart grid developments.

In addition, the group expressed support for lifting barriers to nuclear power production by public power utilities and concern over how emission allowances will be allocated to the electric utility industry in a cap-and-trade climate change program.

Those resolutions can be found at: http://www.appanet.org/events/index.cfm?ItemNumber=9696

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