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Project Title 
Field Testing of Climate Appropriate Air Conditioning Systems
Project Number 
DR12.17
Investor Owned Utilities 
SCE
End-use 
HVAC
Sector 
Commercial
Project Year(s) 
2013 - 2017

This field study is evaluating the potential and current DR capabilities of climate-appropriate air-conditioning (AC) systems, such as evaporative cooling and variable capacity heat pump systems. Targeted DR and EE programs can help reduce high peak demand caused by increased AC use and address uncertainties with respect to generation and consumption caused by extreme weather conditions. This field study will analyze how automated and optimized DR technology can build and implement accurate relationships between DR lead time, customer incentives, DR duration, external environmental conditions, and building occupancy by understanding a building’s HVAC capacity and thermal characteristics.

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