Redefining Demand Response for Winter Peaks

In early 2022, Snohomish County Public Utility District (SnoPUD) concluded the first full winter of its demand response and time-dynamic rates pilot, called FlexEnergy, in partnership with distributed energy platform provider Virtual Peaker.

It serves as a case study on the challenges of implementing winter-peaking programs and offers encouraging lessons for other utilities. Read more for an in-depth look at this program and its key takeaways for implementing a successful winter peaking program, such as:

  • Key differences in load shape and device types, comparing air conditioners for summer peaks and heaters for winter peaks.
  • Putting customer communication and engagement first, to create a successful pilot.
  • Handling lack of smart meter data, and get energy use information to shape your program.
  • End program results and takeaways for iterative improvement.
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