Greenhouse Gas Reductions from Demand-Side Management
This paper discusses greenhouse gas reductions gained through demand-side management programs. Demand-side management programs are designed to educate consumers to reduce energy consumption by improving energy efficiency and modifying energy use levels. These programs conducted by utilities result in decreased amounts of greenhouse gas emissions. However, utilities are often restricted from using these decreases as emissions reductions within greenhouse gas emissions trading programs. This paper explores the possibility of acquiring emissions allowances for successful demand-side management programs, as well as the role these emission reductions play in greenhouse gas emissions registries. In addition, other inherent incentives, as well as those that can be offered by regulatory agencies are discussed.