Faculty Advisor

Emanuel, Alexander E.


The goal of this Interactive Qualifying Project is to determine the amount of electrical energy that can be shifted to reduce the peak consumer demand. Peak demand occurs when consumers require a maximum amount of electrical energy. In turn, this exponentially increases production costs, transmission line losses and greenhouse gas pollution. This report studies how consumers can shift their energy, what economic incentives are possible and what potential savings may result. Collaboration with National Grid’s Smart Energy Solutions Pilot Program allowed data analysis to be conducted to determine that 3.1% of electrical energy could be shifting which yields a costs savings of 1.7%.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2017

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering