DR delivers capacity to ease New England's winter grid strain

ISO New England called upon EnerNOC's demand response network on Monday, Dec. 19, 2011 to address a capacity shortage.

Dec. 21, 2011 -- EnerNOC Inc., a provider of demand response (DR) applications and services, announced that its DemandSMART™ DR network was dispatched on Monday, Dec. 19, 2011 to address a capacity shortage in New England. The region’s Independent System Operator, ISO New England, called upon more than 1,300 of EnerNOC’s customer sites, from southwest Connecticut to northeast Maine, and commercial, institutional and industrial customers from all 19 ISO New England dispatch zones contributed to the dispatch. As New England temperatures dropped to the single digits, DR helped to provide power used for heating and other purposes throughout the region.
“During Monday’s dispatch, our customers demonstrated the real value that an engaged energy user can bring to the grid—not just during the summer, but throughout the year. The demand reduction they delivered helped to keep the lights on and ensure that local homes, businesses and public facilities had heat on a cold morning,” said Micah Remley, EnerNOC’s vice president of operations.
Among the more than 1,300 sites dispatched, Sugarbush Resort contributed by temporarily shifting snowmaking activities at its Warren, Vt., facilities. “Demand response benefits both our community and the environment,” said Win Smith, Sugarbush Resort’s president. "We can temporarily shut down our snowmaking operations during an emergency without affecting our product or customer experience, and this can prevent a blackout when there is a problem on the grid."

“During every season of the year, demand response is an increasingly important part of the resource mix,” said Gregg Dixon, EnerNOC’s senior vice president of marketing and sales. “Whether it’s being used to avoid an emergency in New England, to balance increasing intermittent renewable generation in the UK, or to respond to grid conditions within a fraction of a second in Alberta, demand response unlocks benefits for both the grid and energy users.”

As of Sept. 30, 2011, EnerNOC had more than 7,000 MW of DR capacity across a network of more than 11,150 commercial, institutional and industrial sites throughout North America, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand.

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