Internet of Things connectivity provider Blue Pillar, will work with Manhattan hospitals and critical facility owners to help strengthen grid resiliency in New York City as a selected solution provider for Con Edison's Demand Management Program.
"Nationwide, less than 2 percent of hospitals enroll in demand management programs, but in New York City, hospitals have been the first movers as they know firsthand the devastating effects of being unable to operate during a time of crisis," said Tom Willie Blue Pillar CEO. "Blue Pillar is proud to be working closely with Con Edison and these hospitals. Their efforts will strengthen the resiliency of hospitals, critical facilities and the electric grid in New York."
"Our priority is meeting the energy needs of New Yorkers safely and reliably," said John Shipman, manager of the Demand Management Program at Con Edison. "Participation in this program helps us relieve stress on the grid when we need capacity the most. Thanks to the efforts of our market partners like Blue Pillar, connecting generators is now easier than ever and will help New Yorkers stay safe during emergency grid conditions. We encourage other customers to consider joining the program."
To date, Blue Pillar has connected thousands of distributed generation assets like back-up generators, combined heat and power plants and microgrids. Once installed, the Blue Pillar system delivers additional benefits beyond demand response — even to those assets that may not be enrolled — like giving advanced warning of maintenance issues, grid outage events and an automated way to test electrical infrastructure so that they are in compliance with industry standards.
The Con Edison demand management incentives to promote grid resiliency have allowed Blue Pillar to deploy its solution with minimal upfront capital required from its customers. For the remainder of the Con Edison program availability, the company will also offer New York City facility owners additional financing to qualified customers so that the purchase can be made with no capital down.