ComEd to Begin Residential Demand Response in 2015

MeterCommonwealth Edison (ComEd) is officially enrolling customers in its residential demand response program.  By volunteering to reduce electricity consumption during specified peak hours, ComEd customers will earn a $1 bill credit for every kilowatt hour they reduce.

Customers looking to participate in the Peak Time Savings plan must have a smart meter installed before summer of 2015, which is when the program is scheduled to begin.  Notifications can occur as early as 9 a.m. the day of the event, or as late as 30 minutes prior to event start-time, and participants can choose to be contacted via text, email, or phone call.  As with most demand response programs, there is no penalty if a customer fails to perform.

Peak demand usually occurs between the hours of 11 a.m. and 7 p.m., when most cities are running at full-speed and demanding tons of energy.  Some reduction strategies include adjusting thermostats, shutting off lights, and avoiding the use of electrical appliances until later in the evening.  ComEd is predicting most customers will earn a credit of $1 to $12 on their bill each time they participate, but this “depends on the actions you take to reduce your usage, the characteristics of your home, and your typical energy use.”





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  • TedKidd

    Seems pretty vague. How do you determine what was “saved”? Is this done annually? It’s pretty hard to make claims about daily or monthly “savings”. I’d want clarity around what I can expect to receive.

    Is this re-inventing an already invented wheel? Why not simply have a tiered rate structure, an announcement structure, or some other of the programs already doing this with great success?

  • Sarah Battaglia

    Hi Ted – I did a little research to find out how the savings are calculated. Here is what I found on the ComEd website:

    “ComEd uses a formula based on your typical usage history to predict how much electricity you would normally have used during the Peak Time Savings Hours event. After this number is normalized for weather and other variables, ComEd then subtracts the amount of electricity that you actually used to determine how much electricity you saved. For every kilowatt-hour (kWh) of electricity you save, you will earn a credit of $1.00, which will appear as dollars off your total amount due, on your next ComEd bill or the following bill.”

    The point of demand response is to stabilize the electric grid to avoid blackouts and brownouts. The bill credits are just an added incentive to encourage people to participate. There are tons of markets where demand response is successful (mostly in the industrial sector), and as it enters the residential sector, I think it will reach new levels of success.