Balancing Energy Supply and Demand
Demand response represents a fundamentally new way of running the grid. Instead of simply turning up the power to keep things steady, utilities can tap their commercial, industrial and residential energy consumers to proactively manage both power supply and demand to maintain balance and save energy at the same time.
Demand response changes the energy consumption patterns of end-use customers. What makes these consumption changes “demand response” is that they occur in response the utiliy’s request as it relates to changes in the price of electricity or in conjunction with direct incentives, typically at times when wholesale market prices are high or system reliability is jeopardized. Demand response solutions are increasingly providing benefits for both the power industry and energy consumers alike.
Demand Response Benefits
Lower operational costs:
Typical energy savings range from 15 to 30 percent and can save millions of dollars.
Greater grid stability:
Approximately 10 percent of U.S. electric system capacity is built to meet demand in just 1 percent of the hours of the year. Demand response enables grid operators and electric utilities to relieve stress on the electrical grid.
During peak power events, the electric grid is at risk for blackouts, which result in the need to bring some of the oldest (and least environmentally-friendly) power plants back online. By shedding loads during peak periods and keeping the grid stable, demand response initiatives keep the environment cleaner.
Automation Equals the Right Approach
Demand response capacity has been difficult to scale in a cost-effective manner because many programs involve inefficient manual processes. When it comes to demand response, it’s best to take an automated approach. Encorp utilizes a mix of complementary hardware and software in conjunction with its in-depth demand response experience to deliver fully integrated and automated solutions
At the heart of Encorp’s approach to demand response is Encorp’s Egility which provides control, communication and grid interconnection capabilities for on-site generators. During peak periods, as the demand for power within a facility increases, the price charged by the utility also increases. In order to avoid excessive utility charges, Encorp’s Egiilty can be used to monitor the utility, automatically start generators, and perform a power transfer whenever necessary. The Egility can also be used to auto-schedule your generator based on pre-defined preferences.
Encorp is in Demand
Demand response programs are becoming increasingly prevalent across the country as utilities deal with growing electricity demand, limited power generation options and an aging power grid. A recent Supreme Court ruling that allows the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to regulate the sale of electric energy at wholesale in interstate commerce, is also expected to fuel faster growth in demand response programs across wholesale electricity markets, which cover approximately 60 percent of U.S. power supply.
Since our inception in 1992, Encorp has played a prominent role in the demand response space. We have c served on the IEEE1547 committee, the group responsible for establishing the criteria and requirements for the interconnection of distributed resources with electric power systems in the U.S. We have completed demand response projects with industry stars including Maui Pineapple, Kmart, Northeast Foods, and more. Encorp has also worked with the largest demand response aggregators like EnerNOC and the most reputable energy manufacturers across the globe. We’d like to work with you too. Learn more about our most successful projects now.