Faculty Advisor

Doyle, James Kevin

Faculty Advisor

Emanuel, Alexander E.


The goal of this IQP is to investigate the economic benefits and the societal impact of peak load reduction(PLR) devices. Such devices are meant to reduce the peak demand of electricity. They can be installed in order to cycle air conditioners, swimming pool pumps, water heaters, and refrigerators. In helping to significantly curb the amount of energy consumed they help to reduce pollution and to postpone the construction of more power plants. To test the public acceptability of Demand Response(DR) programs, a mail survey was distributed to a representative sample of 914 homeowners in the Greater Boston metropolitan area. the information gathered from the surveys will help regional transmission organizations(RTOs) determine the affordability of implementing DR programs in the future.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted



President's IQP Award, Third Place

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Social Science and Policy Studies

Advisor Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering