A Decade of Demand Side Management
DSM portfolio has achieved more than 4.2 billion kilowatt-hours of lifetime energy savings
EnergyLines April 2019
The Hoosier Energy Demand Side Management (DSM) program entered its 10th year of helping member-consumers manage their energy use. With a portfolio of seven incentives, the program is reducing summer peak energy demand by 4.3 percent.
Wes McFarland has been a driving-force behind the program. As the Marketing Manager at Hoosier Energy, he says DSM programs have been recognized as the least expensive future energy resource over time. “These programs have helped Hoosier Energy reduce the need to buy or build new generating capacity,” said McFarland.
As the electric industry is experiencing transitions, from technology to generation resources, DSM programs are no different.
Since 2009, energy efficient equipment has improved. From heat pump water heaters to residential LED lighting, the technical improvements made during the past decade are helping member-consumers better manage their energy use. These programs are also helping member-cooperatives reduce peak energy demands.
DSM programs have resulted in more than 2 million measures installed, 1,000 Commercial and Industrial projects completed and about $40 million in rebates awarded.
Ranging from load control to appliance recycling, DSM programs generate a lot of data. A key milestone for the program has been the Energy Efficiency Collaborative Platform (EECP). This platform provides a single source to collect, store and analyze program data.
Member cooperatives are using the system to track participation, costs and savings. “This software program is helping us track multiple programs and data securely. Its easeof-use is helping us save time so we can spend it working with members,” said Demand Side Management Analyst Susie Smith.
While the past decade showed strong results, so did the past year. In 2018, more than 1,200 geothermal, air source/dual fuel heat pump units were installed. This energy efficient HVAC equipment is helping member-consumers make upgrades to their homes that are making an impact for the next decade.