In 2007, Congress directed the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to support the growth of demand response and smart grid by developing a National Action Plan on Demand Response (NAP)
. After a year and a half of development work, including input from the Department of Energy (DOE), FERC submitted its NAP to Congress in June 2010. The NAP recommends activities in three main areas: Technical Assistance
Among its recommendations on how to implement the NAP is one that calls for the formation of a coalition of non-governmental parties to undertake the type of work necessary to put the National Action Plan into action. The Association for Demand Response & Smart Grid (formerly the Demand Response Coordinating Committee) took the lead to form a coalition that can accomplish the task at hand. It has reached out to other organizations with a stake in demand response and smart grid and formed a “Coalition of Coalitions.”
Each of these organizations represents its members and constituents and contribute the expertise and knowledge from within its membership to work in a collaborative effort to implement the NAP. The organizations that are working together on NAP can be found below.
The NAP Coalition
is also working closely with DOE, FERC, and other federal agencies in a collaborative effort whereby the expertise and resources of those entities continues to be brought to bear on the implementation of the NAP. The Coalition
has continues to solicit broad input from stakeholders into its implementation effort via events such as the National Town Meeting on Demand Response and Smart Grid. The NAP Coalition’s
initial efforts have focused on the identification of existing resources, tools, and research which are available and which can be coordinated and made better available to members of the demand response and smart grid community. The NAP Coalition
is also working to create new content and tools where none currently exist, particularly in the communications area. The Coalition
identified communication and education to stakeholders, including customers, as one of the most important tasks to be undertaken. The NAP Coalition
will not communicate directly to customers, but carry out activities that help others communicate.
Members of the National Action Plan Coalition Include:
Alliance to Save Energy (ASE), American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE), American Public Power Association (APPA), Association for Demand Response and Smart Grid (ADS), Demand Response and Smart Grid Coalition (DRSG), Digital Energy Solutions Campaign (DESC), Edison Electric Institute (EEI), Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates (NASUCA), National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO), National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), Peak Load Management Alliance (PLMA), Silicon Valley Leadership Group, Utilimetrics