Text Size AAA Bookmark and Share


Listed below are all documents and RMI.org site pages related to this topic.
Energy and Resources - Demand Response 9 Items

Reinventing Fire in Southern California: Distributed Resources and the San Onofre Outage

Report or White Paper, 2012

The prolonged shut-down of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) in Southern California could mark an important turning point for the region’s electricity system. Distributed and demand-side resources offer a portfolio of solutions to help fill the near-term supply gap, while also advancing California’s long-term goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and supporting local economic development and job creation. This discussion paper assesses the role the following distributed energy resources could play in the absence of SONGS: behavioral savings; demand response; energy efficiency; solar photovoltaics; combined heat and power and fuel cells; storage. That paper includes information on what the potentials for these resources are, how their economics affect adoption, how much time it takes to install them, and how long we expect them to persist. We also offer recommendations to unlock these resources and encourage their adoption by utilities and their customers.


Reinventing Fire Electricity Sector Methodology

Report or White Paper, 2011

This document provides an overview of Reinventing Fire’s electricity sector analysis with a focus on the methodologies and inputs of NREL’s ReEDS and RMI’s dispatch model. The document is divided into two main sections. The first section provides a high-level overview of the ReEDS model and details of RMI’s assumptions that served as ReEDS inputs. Please note: This section relies heavily on NREL’s forthcoming documentation, Regional Energy Deployment System (ReEDS). This document will be updated when NREL makes its updated ReEDS documentation available. NREL’s documentation provides a detailed explanation of the ReEDS objective function, approach, algorithms, and common assumptions, including important information regarding generation and demand resource inputs, such as renewable resource potential. RMI’s documentation details key inputs or variables that differ from those described in NREL’s own documentation of ReEDS. The second section documents RMI’s dispatch model.


Keeping the Lights on While Transforming Electric Utilities

Journal or Magazine Article, 2010
This article discusses the new electricity paradigm required of electric utilities in the face of climate change, energy security concerns, and disruptive technologies. The new paradigm for utilities is based on energy efficiency, demand response, renewables, energy storage, and distributed generation.


Assessing the Electric Productivity Gap and the U.S. Efficiency Opportunity

Report or White Paper, 2009
This paper explores how effectively the United States has used electricity and compares energy efficiency implementation by state. This paper analyzes state-level electric productivity to determine which states are the most productive with their electricity.


Nuclear Power's Competitive Landscape

Presentation, 2009
A hotly debated topic, the present and future state of nuclear power and its competitors are the subject of this presentation by Amory Lovins at RMI2009. This presentation was part of a plenary debate with Robert Rosner entitled, "Nuclear: Fix or Folly?". The accompanying video of the entire debate is available at RMI's Video page.


Towering Design Flaws

Journal or Magazine Article, 2003

In August, 2003 the American electrical grid failed and caused blackouts throughout the country. Amory Lovins wrote this article in response to that energy catastrophe. He argues that the cause of the blackouts was an overcentralized power grid and inefficient pricing policies. Lovins claims that the fastest and cheapest way to save energy dollars and pollution is to use energy efficiently. In addition to efficiency measures, electric utilities and customers can make use of demand response technology to save energy and lower the burden on the grid. Distributed (or decentralized) generation is another option that Lovins argues can reduce the likelihood of grid failures so that blackouts do not occur again.


California Dreaming

Journal or Magazine Article, 2001
This commentary in American Spectator was written in response to an article by William Tucker that attributed the California energy crisis to inaccurate causes. Amory Lovins refutes many of Tuckers claims.

A similar exchange, published in The Weekly Standard, is also available.


Comments to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Letter, 1995

In 1995, Amory Lovins wrote a letter to the Secretary of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission commenting on the proposed rulemaking on open access transmission. His primary concern in the proposed rule was the treatment of demand-side options (end-use efficiency and load management) and the potential for new dispersed generators whose total cost undercuts the short-run marginal wholesale power cost. Lovins urges the Commission to seek symmetry between supply and demand side resources in valuing grid decongestion. He also argues that the wholesale market is not sufficiently compatible with the distributed utility.


Apples, Oranges, and Horned Toads

Journal or Magazine Article, 1994
This article, published in The Electricity Journal, is Amory Lovins' response to Paul Joskow & Donald Marron's criticism of utility demand-side management programs. Joskow and Marron are critical of RMI's stated costs of potential electric end-use efficiency. In the article, Lovins explains the differences in RMI's technical-potential analyses and Joskow & Marron's assertions.


Show Subscribe