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Abstract

Twenty-four US electric utilities were surveyed concerning their operating environments, organizational characteristics, and the mix of resources selected for their integrated resource plans. This article describes the responding utilities in terms of a number of important characteristics, identifies relationships between these characteristics and utility resource mix, and offers recommendations for ways to ensure that cost-effective Demand-Side Management (DSM) programs are fully considered by utilities. Key findings include the following: (1) utilities that include greater amounts of DSM in their plans will not need new capacity as soon as will other utilities; (2) utilities that attribute substantial importance to collaborative planning with non-utility interests emphasize DSM more than utilities that do not favour collaboration as highly; and (3) utilities that attribute greater importance to cost when choosing options for the integrated plan select less DSM than do other utilities, while those that ascribe greater importance to environmental concerns select more DSM.

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