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.