EnerNOC service chosen to manage wind power with demand response
The project will demonstrate the ability of EnerNOC's fully automated demand response capacity to act as a balancing resource
San Diego, February 1, 2011 — Demand response firm EnerNOC, Inc. announced today from DistribuTECH (Booth #2641) that it will provide Bonneville Power Administration with demand response capacity managed by EnerNOC's DemandSMART application to facilitate grid stability as BPA integrates wind-powered generation into its transmission system.
The project, led by renewable energy consultancy Ecofys US, Inc., will demonstrate the ability of EnerNOC's fully automated demand response capacity to act as a balancing resource, responding if necessary in fewer than 10 minutes to changing system needs.
This is the first project of its kind to draw upon demand response capacity from commercial and industrial sites to balance both increases and decreases in supply from renewable resources, as well as traditional generation.
EnerNOC's demand response resources have been widely deployed with utility and grid operator partners to meet capacity, emergency, economic and ancillary service needs.
This project leverages EnerNOC's DR capabilities to balance load both when wind output decreases, in which case demand response is used for load curtailment, and when it increases suddenly, during which time sites in EnerNOC's network will increase demand.
By providing a demand-side solution for maintaining load stability, EnerNOC's implementation of demand response technology is designed to help reduce BPA's investments in supply-side and storage infrastructure to prevent grid destabilization due to the integration of variable generation sources like wind.