ENERGY EFFICIENCY - CAPACITY MANAGEMENT
Does your facility have lights, appliances, or machinery that are non-essential to your operations? Wouldn’t it be great to get paid for simply turning them off for a few hours? Well that is what demand response is all about. When the utility grid gets stressed, utilities are willing to pay facilities like yours to stop using electricity because it’s cheaper than turning on another generator. Some utilities will even pay you simply to be available to reduce electricity use, even if they ultimately never ask you to curtail your load. And besides getting paid cash for dropping your load, your curtailment will also be reducing your future capacity costs because demand response events usually mirror the peak load times that determine your share of capacity, which means even more money is kept in your pocket.
PricingEnergyEfficiency.com works with your facility to determine how much electrical load you will be able to reasonably curtail through an assessment of your equipment, load profile, operations schedule, and building automation systems. Once we establish a curtailment strategy, which may include anything from turning equipment down or off to pre-chilling air conditioners and freezers to turning on an emergency generator, we will help enroll your facility in a demand response program that will fit best with your capabilities and return the most value to your facility. And because we are an experienced electricity procurer, we will also work to make sure that your electricity supply contract allows you to capture and receive your capacity savings and not your third party supplier.
Peak Load Contribution (PLC) Management
The addition of an emergency generator has always been a way to ensure available back-up power, especially for critical facilities. But emergency generators can also be utilized as a capacity management asset. Rather than only turning them on when the power goes out, emergency generators can be fired up when the grid experiences stress due to high electricity demand.
Utilizing your generator in this regard will allow you to qualify for demand response programs and receive payments for your generation. Additionally, you will be reducing the amount of energy that you draw from the grid during these high demand periods, which will reduce your PLC number and capacity costs, but will also offset transmission and distribution charges from the utility.