Detachable DSM

Specialized software that supports the Internet trading of "curtailment" (cutting usage). It allows notification, pricing, verification and benefit analysis for organization who employ Voluntary Load Curtailment (VLC). Under this program, private and municipal enterprises accept central direction of the extent and timing of their electricity usage (and generation). This voluntarism saves on penalties and in some cases generates income since the participating customers are paid for curtailed power. (A downside for DSM is that utilities may lose revenue when customers use backup generation in order to curtail usage. [Mike Hoffman, BPA, in a personal interview, Jan. 31, 2003])

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