According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), 27 states and the District of Columbia have a renewable-portfolio standard—a policy requiring electricity providers to obtain a minimum percentage of their power from renewable-energy resources by a certain date—while five states have nonbinding goals for adoption of renewable energy (http://bit.ly/RPS_DSIRE). In those places, interest in demand response (DR) is growing. DR is a set of activities to reduce or shift electricity use ...

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