Whitehouse preps bill directing study, pilot program for natural gas demand response

Utility Dive: U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) plans to introduce legislation on Wednesday that calls on the U.S. Department of Energy to study natural gas demand response, and directs federal regulators to develop a pilot program using the latest technology, Whitehouse's office told Utility Dive exclusively.

While demand response has long been recognized for its use in the electric sector, the idea has so far gained limited traction in the gas industry, despite a few utilities beginning to experiment. Gas demand response could help address constraints when demand spikes, helping stabilize prices and maintain reliability.

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