Electric utilities and consumers are getting creative in their efforts to cut back electricity use as it spikes in response to an all-consuming heat wave that has spread across the country to settle across the heavily-populated Northeastern states.

Demand response programs, in which companies and consumers are asked to cut back on electricity use through established mechanisms like turning off extraneous lights or limiting elevator service, have already been in effect as the Northeast dealt with spiking power demand on July 21. Keep reading →