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End Use Load Research

Shaping the future of energy efficiency

The Northwest has not conducted  large-scale research on how different types of residential and commercial customers used electricity by end use on an hourly basis for almost 30 years.

Meanwhile, the need for hourly end use load research in the region has grown. Having this information could help with achieving clean energy goals, by providing a much more accurate assessment of the contributions of energy efficiency technologies towards reducing peak demand, integrating renewable energy into the grid, and maintaining reliability as the deployment of distributed generation and new end use technologies increases over time. 

A group of utilities and regional organizations including Avista, the Bonneville Power Administration, the Energy Trust of Oregon, the Northwest Power & Conservation Council, Northwestern Energy, Portland General Electric, Puget Sound Energy, Seattle City Light, Snohomish PUD, and Tacoma Power are collaborating together to consider conducting end use load research at a regional level. 

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EULR Interest Group

ConduitNW.org facilitates online information sharing and collaboration among energy efficiency professionals in the Northwest. Join this group to follow the latest discussions and updates on end use load research.

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End Use Load Research (EULR)

EULR is an incremental approach to establishing a statistically valid sample of residential metered end uses.  A smaller sample of commercial buildings will be metered for high priority end uses, while he residential and commercial building stock assessments will continue to provide detailed information on building and end use characteristics.  This strategy is intended to bring a better understanding of current and evolving end use loads to a broad base of regional utilities and organizations.

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End Use Load Research Prospectus