Amy Schmidt researches small and midsize business energy-efficiency programs and helps maintain DSMdat, a database of energy-efficiency and demand-side management (DSM) initiatives in the US and Canada. Before she joined E Source, the Universities Council on Water Resources published her thesis on how utilities set water prices. Amy received a BA in environmental economics from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine.

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From direct load control to flexible grid management: The evolution of demand response

Clare Valentine, Amy Schmidt
March 17, 2021

Utility demand response is moving from traditional one-way direct load control programs to flexible, dynamic approaches that meet grid needs, maintain high customer satisfaction, and support increased adoption of renewables. We’ve identified five trends that are leading this transition.

How small business DSM programs are responding to COVID-19

Amy Schmidt
June 9, 2020

In mid-May, we held a call to explore how utilities are adjusting their demand-side management programs to support small and midsize businesses during this public health and economic crisis. Exchange participants expressed mixed feelings about meeting their 2020 goals. Here we share our takeaways.

Will you SMB my valentine?

Amy Schmidt
February 14, 2020

This Valentine’s Day, E Source is doing some soul-searching on how to kindle the flame between utilities and their small and midsize business (SMB) customers. Here are four high-level insights to help you get started.

Unlocking the Next Generation of Residential DSM Programs

Amy Schmidt
July 31, 2019

As baselines rise and markets transform, program managers are looking for innovative ways to fill the savings gap. So what does the next generation of residential demand-side management programs look like? We hosted a workshop for program managers at our headquarters to find out.