EnerNOC demand response called on during North America heat wave
EnerNOC's network responded to a series of dispatches from grid operators including the mid-Atlantic's PJM Interconnection, New York Independent System Operator, the Ontario Power Authority and ISO-New England
Boston, July 26, 2011 — EnerNOC, Inc., a provider of demand response applications and services, announced that its DemandSMART network was dispatched at record levels on July 22, 2011 as a severe heat wave swept North America.
High temperatures and increased electricity usage across the continent led to record peaks in demand for electricity and unusually high energy prices.
EnerNOC's network responded to a series of dispatches from grid operators including the mid-Atlantic's PJM Interconnection, New York Independent System Operator, the Ontario Power Authority and ISO-New England.
EnerNOC was also dispatched by utility partners from across the United States, ultimately providing about 1,230 MW of demand response resources in all. These demand response dispatches helped mitigate the risk of blackouts and brownouts and reduce the cost of energy for all electricity users in the affected regions.
With record temperatures across North America, grid operators set records for demand and saw prices spike across their territories. PJM Interconnection, the nation's largest grid operator, announced that it set a new record for peak power use last week at 158,450 MW.
In ISO-New England, real-time pricing in some areas eclipsed $560 per MWh, about ten times the average 2011 hourly real-time price. EnerNOC also reached new milestones by deploying more than a third of the sites within its demand response network and dispatching a record number of megawatts to help mitigate these conditions.
In total, EnerNOC contributed resources to twelve U.S. states, including all of New England, New York, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Idaho, as well as the province of Ontario, Canada.
As of March 31, 2011, EnerNOC had more than 6,300 MW under management across more than 10,000 sites.