What is Demand-Side Management (DSM)? In fact, it refers to all kinds of technological changes to the electrical system that originate from the demand side of the market. The purpose of DSM can be multifold, but large scale energy efficiency improvement is certainly a primary goal. The IEA’s DSM Program structures its activities into two clusters, depending on the desired impact on the load curve of the energy system.

  1. The Flexibility Cluster includes tasks that aim to improve the shape of the load curve over short (minutes-hours-days) or longer (days-weeks-seasons) time periods. This will primarily increase the reliability and operability of the system, although it can also indirectly improve energy efficiency.
  2. The Energy Efficiency Cluster includes tasks that aim to lower demand levels or shift the load from one energy system to another. This cluster primarily targets energy efficiency improvement and the reduction of Greenhouse Gas emissions, although it can also improve the reliability and operability of the system.

The DSM University (DSMU) is built on 20 years of experience of the IEA DSM Implementing agreement. DSMU provides access to the knowledge developed in the agreement in a structured way. In addition, DSMU aims to be a community of practice on DSM themes.