Demand-side management program jurisdictional review

EXPERTISE : /Energy strategies and energy management master plans
SECTOR : , Services d’utilité publique


Newfoundland Power et Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro


project description

Newfoundland Power (NP) and Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro (NLH) have offered demand-side management (DSM) programs in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador on a joint basis since 2009.

The two utilities are in the process of updating their DSM Conservation Plan for the 2021-2025 period and engaged Econoler to collect information from other North American jurisdictions related to DSM programs, program cost-effectiveness practices and demand response initiatives to inform this new Plan.


Econoler has now completed a review of secondary data and documents on each topic by using publicly available documents (e.g. regulatory filings, planning documents). To further build on the findings of this literature review, Econoler will investigate the practices of selected utilities by conducting interviews with utility staff. Econoler, in collaboration with NP and NLH staff, has selected utilities to be reviewed based on size, annual DSM savings and spending, as well as geography. Canadian and American utilities were reviewed for demand response initiatives to inform potential NP and NLH demand response programs or initiatives.

Econoler aimed to review three to five utilities since there are limited jurisdictions with peak demand periods in the winter, like Newfoundland and Labrador, and that implement or are considering demand response initiatives. The demand response review included a mix of residential, commercial and industrial programs. Representatives of all jurisdictions contacted as part of this assignment will be asked about beneficial electrification to understand how, if at all, they have incorporated beneficial electrification into their DSM planning.

Using the results of this jurisdictional review, Econoler  provided considerations for cost‑effectiveness practices, potential opportunities for the NP and NLH program portfolio, and demand response options while taking into account the NP and NLH regulatory context and DSM potential.

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