Chapter 7

The Evolution of Demand-Side Management in the United States

Frank A. Felder, Center for Energy, Economic and Environmental Policy, Rutgers University

1 Introduction

The expansionary history of demand-side management (DSM) is one of substantial but by no means complete success. Among DSM proponents, there is no agreement on how to move forward, except to do so at an ever-accelerating rate. Many major organizational, programatic, and evaluation approaches are being questioned and disputed. Beneath this history is a vigorous debate regarding the efficacy of DSM programs, which is reflected in many chapters in this volume. At one end of this debate are DSM advocates who make strong claims regarding the significant amounts of energy efficiency ...

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