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The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), a Palo Alto, Calif.-based nonprofit center for environmental research, has launched its Dynamic Energy Management (DEM) energy-efficiency research initiative.

As part of the initiative, representatives from more than 35 electric utilities will meet with EPRI to create a collaborative that will address such issues as electricity savings, demand reductions and peak load management. The goal is to reduce electricity usage and greenhouse gas emissions, EPRI says.

The project will focus on three areas, including analytics and information on the economic and environmental impact of dynamic energy management; infrastructure component and system testing and development; and efficient end-use device and equipment development.

"The DEM initiative represents a major step forward in developing an electricity system that is more efficient and environmentally friendly," says Arshad Mansoor, vice president of EPRI's power delivery and markets sector. "We will evaluate products to determine how well they function and whether they are interoperative with utilities' communications systems. This is a key component in creating demand response and dynamic systems that facilitate getting prices to devices."

The assessment will require the creation of a living laboratory, which EPRI has agreed to host at its Knoxville, Tenn., research facility. Among the items that the laboratory will examine are high-efficiency energy end use devices and the efficacy of commercial and retail devices in working with electric utilities.

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