With Smart Grids in the foreseeable future, Demand-Side Management (DSM) is on the cusp of a revolution that will forever alter the way that homes and businesses use electricity. To add to the positive DSM buzz, budgets to facilitate Smart Grid planning and implementation are on the rise, according to a recent March survey by Microsoft. In the survey, 73 percent of utility professionals and executives surveyed said budgets for these efforts are on the rise. Governments and utilities have long sought to improve DSM through conservation and load management programs. To gain insight into this transformation, Zpryme examined the level of investment by utilities in DSM over the past 5 years while acknowledging their sales (MWh) and revenue.

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