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How to Save Money and Resources—Baselining Electrical Energy Consumption
by Steve Montgomery, P.E, COO, 2D2C, Inc., from NEMA's electroindustry magazine.

Figure 2. CTs can either be placed over wires or clamped around wires. Image courtesy of Itron.Variable electricity pricing has long been the norm for commercial and industrial buildings. Now, many utilities are using variable pricing for residential customers, too. In North America, the most common variable pricing model consists of higher prices at higher demand times. Usually the utility company objective from variable electricity pricing is to better align demand with grid supply.

Many customers think the change from fixed electricity pricing to variable pricing results in higher electricity bills. Smart conservation in conjunction with variable electricity pricing, however, can result in lower bills without modifying lifestyle, comfort, or building function. Shifting consumption to non-peak demand periods may impact lifestyle, comfort, or function, but may also result in utility bill savings.

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