How has COVID-19 impacted utilities' energy savings programs?

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By Ali Bozorgi, Ph.D., Youssef Shaker, and Ben Staver
Feb 16, 2021

Many questions still remain as to how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted utility demand-side management (DSM) programs and managers. How is uncertainty impacting decision making for participation in DSM programs? Will different customers react to the perception of risk in the same ways?

In this white paper, ICF's energy experts provide an exploration of an uncertainty analysis we conducted for a midwestern utility in order to illustrate the impact of a full-shutdown scenario on DSM program participation.

What should DSM program managers bear in mind, based on a utility’s specific region and context? Download this paper for:

  • Analysis of avoided energy cost, avoided capacity cost, discount rate, and participation.
  • Impact of participation reductions on energy savings in the residential, commercial, and industrial sectors.
  • Recommended actions to analyze COVID-19’s full impact on DSM programs.
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Meet the authors
  1. Ali Bozorgi, Ph.D., Senior Manager, Distributed Energy Resources Analytics

    Ali is a distributed energy resources expert with experience working on energy economic analysis and forecasting with advanced modeling tools and optimization to support our utility clients. View bio

  2. Youssef Shaker, Energy Markets Consultant - Analytics
  3. Ben Staver, Senior Energy Markets Consultant - Analytics
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