Demand Response

EPSA Files Brief in Demand Response Pricing Case with Supreme Court

Cheryl Kaften

The Electric Power Supply Association (EPSA) and other respondents filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court on August 31– seeking to keep demand response (DR) within the purview of the states and not the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) The case, EPSA v. FERC, originated in 2011, when FERC created Order 745, in order   …Continue Reading

Energy Retailer Offers Demand Response for Commercial, Industrial Customers

Linda Hardesty

Retail energy provider GDF SUEZ Energy Resources launched VRewards, a free, voluntary demand response program that gives commercial and industrial customers the ability to reduce power consumption during periods of peak demand. Customers of GDF SUEZ Energy Resources whose peak demand ranges between 500 kW and 3 MW of electricity per month are automatically eligible to   …Continue Reading

EnerNOC Aids Large Business Customers of Consumers Energy

Linda Hardesty

Consumers Energy, Michigan’s largest utility, plans to leverage EnerNOC software to help more of its business customers achieve their energy management goals. Consumers Energy first rolled out EIS from Pulse Energy (now owned by EnerNOC) to deliver customized energy savings to its small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) customers. Under the terms of the latest contract,   …Continue Reading

Reforming the Energy Vision Unveils 7 Projects

Linda Hardesty

The New York State Department of Public Service announced the first seven Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) demonstration projects. While the traditional utility business model is based on spending electric consumer dollars and earning a regulated rate of return, these projects include private investment from third-party partners and are intended to demonstrate how new revenue   …Continue Reading

Solar Is a Serious Threat to Electric Utilities

Karen Henry

Eighty percent of electric utilities believe distributed generation (DG), particularly solar photovoltaic (PV), is a serious challenge to their business, according to the 2015 Strategic Directions: US Electric Industry Report released by Black & Veatch. The global engineering consulting company conducted an industry-wide survey from May 14 through June 5, 2015, to examine how electric utilities balance the   …Continue Reading

Grid Forecasting Tool Combines 5 Different Models

Linda Hardesty

A new tool that forecasts future electricity needs has been developed by researchers at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). Performance of the Power Model Integrator tool was tested against five commonly used forecasting models processing a year’s worth of historical power system data. “For forecasts one-to-four hours out, we saw a   …Continue Reading

Verizon Introduces Smart Energy-as-a-Service

Karen Henry

Verizon has announced Grid Wide Utility Solutions, a new Internet of Things (IoT) platform that provides utility companies with an integrated system for smart metering, demand response, meter data management and distribution monitoring and control. Grid Wide comes with a range of cloud-based applications intended to help utility companies drive incremental revenue, reduce operating costs, increase   …Continue Reading

Franklin Energy Wins Contract for Wisconsin Load Limiting Program

Linda Hardesty

Franklin Energy Services, an energy efficiency program implementation firm, signed an 18-month contract with Focus on Energy, Wisconsin utilities’ statewide energy efficiency and renewable energy program. In support of Madison Gas and Electric (MGE), Franklin Energy will drive qualifying participants through the On Demand Savings Program pilot, in order to curb their electric demand during   …Continue Reading

Energy Awards Offers 7 Entry Tips from Judges

Jennifer Hermes

Early Bird Deadline for the energy awards from Energy Manager Today arrives July 29. Awards prove to potential customers, existing clients, investors and other stakeholders the worth of your product or the project you implemented. Writing a tight, informative entry for the energy awards, being precise about why your product or project deserves recognition as   …Continue Reading

Walmart, Others Seek to Back Out of Florida Energy-Efficiency Program

Karen Henry

Walmart and the Florida Industrial Power Users Group, which represents large electricity users, have submitted a proposal to the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) that would allow them to opt out of the state’s 35-year-old conservation program, South Florida’s reports. The proposal would separate the energy-efficiency payments and the demand-side management programs that are   …Continue Reading