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New Report Catalogs State Policy Actions on Demand Response and Smart Grid

The Association for Demand Response & Smart Grid (ADS) has released its new report summarizing state policy activities in the area of demand response and smart grid. The survey report, "Demand Response & Smart Grid—State Legislative and Regulatory Policy Action Review: May 2010 – June 2011," catalogs efforts undertaken by state regulatory commissions, state legislatures, state agencies, and governors. The report builds off two previous reports similar in scope, published in June 2010 and December 2008, respectively, and prepared by the ADS under its previous name, the Demand Response Coordinating Committee (DRCC).

According to Dan Delurey, executive director of the ADS, the new report tallies how far state policymaking in support of demand response and smart grid has come over the past few years. "It is possible to say that things have reached or gone beyond a tipping point, where DR and smart grid are on almost everyone's plate and on almost every state's agenda."

While the new report does not directly cover any federal activity, it does discuss FERC, DOE, and NIST actions as they relate to and affect state policy efforts. It also covers state actions in response to the two smart grid PURPA Standards established by the Energy Independence & Security Act of 2007 (EISA) and the DOE Smart Grid Grants funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

The report is available on the ADS Website at http://www.demandresponsesmartgrid.org/reports-research/ads-reports.

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