Solar + Storage

| Constellation, based in Baltimore and long known as a seller of electricity, natural gas and other fuels, is owned by Chicago-based Exelon Corp. Constellation’s Distributed Energy Group and has 300 distributed generation projects completed or under development, including 200 MW of behind-the-meter solar projects for commercial customers. A combination of cogeneration, fuel cells, and energy ... READ MORE

Aclara Wins Con Edison Metering Contract

| February 12, 2016 Aclara has landed a big win to provide Consolidated Edison about 5 million digital electric and gas meters. The Aclara meters will be supported by Silver Spring Networks’ platform. IBM will provide the IT system integration. “It’s the biggest project in Con Edison’s 190-year history,” Tom Magee, general manager of Con Edison’s ... READ MORE

Demand Response Is Now Big Business – Part 1

| While demand response programs can be traced back to the 1970s, the evolution of IT and data management technology has allowed utilities and independent system operators to greatly expand demand response programs in the last 10 years. This expansion has allowed the parties, including companies offering demand resource products, to create protocols that allow machine-to-machine ... READ MORE

Demand Response Is Now Big Business
– Part 4

| The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) manages 85% of the state’s high-voltage bulk electricity grid and offers three demand response programs: load resources, under-frequency load shed, and emergency response. Large industrial customers such as petrochemical and air separator companies, pipelines, and oil field services participate in load resources, says Paul Wattles, a senior analyst for market design and development at ERCOT. End users sign contracts with Qualified Scheduling Entities, or QSEs (the Texas equivalent of aggregators), which offer the load reduction to ERCOT. Wattles says there are now 125 QSEs that manage demand response for ERCOT. ... READ MORE

Demand Response Is Now Big Business
– Part 3

| Kilroy Realty has 15 commercial office buildings under contract with EnerNOC—in the San Francisco Bay area, in the greater Los Angeles area, and in the Ventura area north of Los Angeles. Sara Neff, vice president of sustainability at Kilroy Realty, says only HVAC equipment is curtailed when a load reduction signal is received from EnerNOC. By increasing HVAC temperatures two or three degrees, fan speeds are reduced, hot water pumps are shut down, and chillers ramp down, she says. ... READ MORE

Demand Response Is Now Big Business – Part 2

| There are a broad range of demand response programs across utilities and ISOs, and, while parameters differ, all offer payments for energy, capacity, or economic response. Rich Quattrini, director of Strategic Development in the Integrated Demand Resources group at Johnson Controls, says there are standby programs offering either or both capacity and energy payments, and economic load response programs. Economic response occurs when electricity prices are high and customers are exposed to an hourly price signal. Johnson Controls monitors hourly markets for its customers and automatically engages customers when there is enough value to make a reduction worth their while, says Quattrini. ... READ MORE

Demand Response Companies Enhance Customer Visibility and Control

| The technological services of demand response companies such as Johnson Control’s GridConnect utilize Web-based portals that provide energy-consumers easy access as well as greater demand response participation. Centered upon demand side management, accessibility, and information gleaned from a summarized dashboard facilitates both price-based decisions in addition to efficient energy management policies. Other companies such as ... READ MORE

Providing Backup When Failure Is Not an Option

| The backhoe dug deep into the ground, all part of the routine work involved with building a new runway extension at Concord Regional Airport. Unfortunately, the machine's blade cut into a power line feeding a major part of Charlotte, NC, the busy city located about 15 minutes northeast of the airport. The accident, which took place in mid-2003, shut off power to a good chunk of the city, turning off traffic signals, streetlamps, and the living room and office lights of countless homes and businesses. Ye... ... READ MORE