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demand response

Costain and Open Energi join forces for demand response

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 11:22 -- Ruth Williams

Costain, a UK engineering firm, has partnered with Open Energi, provider of demand response technologies, to launch a demand response service called COdemand.

The products will trim down the power consumption of an organisation and make the surplus power available to the grid on-demand.

The demand response technology will be targeted at Costain’s existing customer base of large-scale energy consumers. Supermarket giant Sainsbury’s and quarrying and manufacturing firm Aggregate Industries have already adopted the Dynamic Demand system.

The system, called Dynamic Demand, works by attaching Open Energi’s software and metering technology to industrial machinery such air conditioning and chiller systems. It monitors and adjusts the power consumption with the national grid frequency to earn money by responding to the demand.

Companies can gain an income from existing assets and reduce energy bills by using equipment more efficiently.

Ged Holmes, commercial director at Open Energi, said: “Costain is leading major infrastructure and engineering projects across the UK, which by their nature face enormous energy challenges and costs. Our Demand Response solution can help Costain’s clients to mitigate the impact of rising energy bills and reduce CO2 emissions."

EnerNOC acquires Entelios for European DR growth

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 14:43 -- Ruth Williams
Europe is ripe for accelerated adoption of demand response and energy intelligence software.

EnerNOC, the US-based giant of energy efficiency for industries, has acquired Entelios, a European energy management company, to grow EnerNOC’s demand response business within Europe.

"Europe is ripe for accelerated adoption of demand response and energy intelligence software. Entelios has both the local market expertise and customer base that will help EnerNOC establish an important foothold in continental Europe, consistent with our growth and market diversification strategy," said Tim Healy, Chairman and CEO of EnerNOC.

Entelios has a successful technology platform that delivers demand response programmes which meet the transmission requirements in Germany, Austria and other European countries. Each of these represent significant markets, especially Germany as she moves away from fossil-fuel power toward renewable energy sources that remain intermittent.

The founder of Entelios, Oliver Stahl, said the company is delighted to join EnerNOC in providing energy intelligence software to drive energy efficiency and bring valuable operational savings to existing Entelios customers.

Eco-Shift and Buffalo Watt join forces to manufacture DR software

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 14:24 -- Ruth Williams
Businesses can earn money from existing buildings by managing power in a different way.

Eco-Shift Power Corporation is partnering with Buffalo Watt to build energy efficiency and management software.

Buffalo Watt, based in New York state, is a software provider who will work with the Canadian energy management technology company to make a virtual power plant platform for industrial and commercial users of energy to make their facilities as energy efficient as possible.

The software has embedded algorithms that manage a building’s power usage and, as agreed with the customer, enters into to a demand response programme with the utility provider. 

The virtual power plant allows users to curtail energy use at the push of a button in response to high grid usage. They will then be paid for responding to the demand.

The platform will feature options such as wireless communication to light fixtures so they can be controlled remotely and turned off to conserve energy in response to a peak in energy demand.

Honeywell and Stor implement ADR initiative for UK

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 12:29 -- Ruth Williams

Honeywell, a developer of energy efficiency promoting technology, is working with power management company Stor Generation on a novel smart grid programme in the UK. The initiative will utilise excess energy from industrial or commercial facilities— which have opted into the scheme— for grid stabilisation.

It will work by Stor Generation paying the industrial and commercial users to reduce their power consumption at peak times. Honeywell will supply automated demand response (ADR) devices to these companies that will allow short-term reductions in power consumption such as changes to lighting and heating of the buildings.

Stor will alert the participating facilities when they should reduce energy usage and that power can then be supplied to the National Grid under its short term operating reserve (STOR) initiative.

"The technology required to avoid a megawatt of consumption costs a fraction of that needed to pump out an additional megawatt," said Jeremy Eaton, vice president of Honeywell Smart Grid Solutions. "From a cost-benefit standpoint, ADR is the most prudent option for reducing energy use and is the most clean, sustainable path to energy reliability."

This will be the first time ADR will be used to compensate the National Grid and the first example of ADR being used in place of back-up generators to lower the strain on the electricity grid.

The benefit to the participating companies is a revenue stream from existing buildings, which will have minimal impact on the running of the business. Site load flexibility can highlight usage and reduce energy costs.

California utilities to adopt open demand response technology standard

Wed, 01/23/2013 - 17:36 -- Ruth Williams

The US OpenADR (Open Automated Demand Response) Alliance, has announced that Californian investor-owned utilities will require the OpenADR 2.0 smart grid standard for new customers in their demand response (DR) enabling technology programmes in 2013.

ADR Alliance

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. (PG&E), San Diego Gas & Electric Co. and Southern California Edison will add OpenADR 2.0 certified products to support locational dispatch of emergency and price DR resources that allow them to manage peak demand better without the need for expensive new power plants.

OpenADR is an open global standard that enables electricity providers and system operators to automatically communicate DR signals with one another and their customers by using a common language over any existing Internet Protocol-based communications network. OpenADR standardises DR price and reliability messages that automate and simplify customer DR participation and improve DR event results.

"The availability of products' complying with the OpenADR 2.0 standard will allow us to reduce the cost and improve the performance of our AutoDR programmes," said Albert Chiu, PG&E product manager. "Using an OpenADR-based system, our customers can better manage their energy use during DR events, and the utility can minimise stranded assets at the same time. The automated system has provided PG&E and our customers a better way to manage DR resources."



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