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USGBC partners with Environmental Defense Fund on demand response energy program.

USGBC partners with Environmental Defense Fund on demand response energy program.

DRPP is more than a funny sounding acronym. The Demand Response Partnership Program (DRPP) is a program started by USGBC and the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) to bring the building and energy communities together, and to increase participation in demand response programs. So what is demand response? Demand response is a way of reducing stress on the grid during times of heavy (peak) usage. Think about a late summer afternoon: what if everyone came home from work and used their air conditioner at the exact same time. Think of the electricity needed to make everyone comfortable. Supplying that much energy for that many people at the same time is no easy task from the utility’s perspective. The electrical grid can only produce and deliver so much at one time. How can a utility respond to periods of high energy demand in a smart, environmentally friendly way? One approach i...

Full article: http://www.usgbc.org/articles/what-demand-response-partne...

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