Demand Response

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Participating in PJM demand response programs is an innovative way for some clients to reduce their electricity bill. Many of our clients have the ability to turn on backup generation or shift or reduce their electric load by altering use of their production equipment or consumption schedule. With our curtailment service provider “partnership”, we have the back office infrastructure and expertise to support demand response activities.

There are three PJM programs to participate in:

Capacity: On average, one 6-hour interruption is called per year, although this can vary from 0 to as many as 10, with a 2–hour advance notice. Payments are made monthly or quarterly, even if no interruptions are called.

Energy: Participant bids load reductions into the real-time or day-ahead market when prices are high.

Synchronous Reserve: Requires fast response within 10 minutes, duration for response is up to ½ hour, the frequency averages 30 times per year and special metering is needed.

What is PJM?

The Pennsylvania-Maryland-New Jersey Interconnection (PJM) has oversight of Generation and Transmission of power throughout much of the mid-Atlantic region. Because of substantial expansion over the past number of years, this Regional Transmission Organization now oversees power delivery to 61 million people. In fact, if PJM were a country it would be the 5th largest electric consumer in the world. Since the nature of electricity is that the power generated must always equal the power consumed, PJM is constantly scheduling its generation resources to match the load.

PJM now also has several Demand-Side Response (DSR) programs in place which can be utilized to help match generation with load. With these programs, energy consumers (end-users) who are able to reduce load and respond quickly, can be “scheduled” by PJM to curtail power just as PJM schedules generation resources to provide power. These DSR programs require that the end user reduce load (or bring on behind-the-meter backup generation) in exchange for direct payments from PJM. Curtailment Service Providers (CSP) partner with REG to administer the programs and work directly with end-users for implementation. Additional metering may be needed and a minimum of 100 kW load reduction is required.

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Design Thinking: A human-centered design approach to leveraging innovation and strategic problem solving in your business, by Design Quake

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Energy Auditing as a Corporate Financial Roadmap
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Managing Demand: Peak Load Shaving & Demand Response
Retro-Commissioning HVAC and Controls: The Energy Hero in Plain Sight
The Future of PA Nuclear Generation and Its Impact on the Local Market Advanced Lighting Controls

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