DOE, EPRI cooperate to research demand response and energy efficiency

Washington, D.C., Mar. 7, 2008 — The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) strengthened cooperation for research, development and deployment of energy technologies aimed at promoting increased energy efficiency. DOE and EPRI signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) establishing a framework for coordination to advance the common goal of satisfying the nation’s growing electricity needs by improving energy efficiency and promoting the widespread adoption of electric energy demand response programs in an effort to curtail energy use during peak periods.

The MOU states that DOE and EPRI intend to coordinate future activities to accomplish several goals, including research demand response and energy efficiency in buildings, industrial processes, and appliances; development of guidelines and methods that enable utilities to calculate emission, such as carbon dioxide, reductions resulting from these efforts; promotion of digital communication between the electric grid and buildings; testing to develop digital devices that can function as the communicator in energy management systems and smart-grid applications; and analysis of utilities’ catalogues of energy efficient technologies.

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