"Peak Response Program": A 2018 Demand Response Capability Initiative
Demand response and energy efficiency practices are classically separate functions in energy systems. They are delivered through separate operations and are valued under separate evaluation methods. Burlington Electric Department (BED) and Efficiency Vermont were both interested in seeing the extent to which combining them in a disciplined way would affect ratepayer, energy system, and environmental benefits. BED already had launched its “Defeat the Peak” demand response program for customers in 2017, making it relatively easy to track additional benefits from a pilot that coordinated both functions.