When faced with increasing electric demand and fixed generation resources, utilities typically choose to build more capacity. Innovative utilities are exploring alternative approaches by tapping demand-side resources to provide “negawatts” of capacity to the grid. For Western Farmers Electric Cooperative (WFEC), high-efficiency retrofits of residential air conditioning systems may collectively prove to be their most economical grid resource.
Xergy and project partner Moorefield Research and Consulting have helped illuminate and validate the performance of WFEC’s innovative Geo Validation Program on behalf of the Cooperative Research Network (CRN). The resulting CRN newsletter tells the story using a combination of interval meter data analytics and good old fashioned reporting. It’s available here, for CRN members.