Demand Response

Demand Response Company Enernoc Says the C-Suite Needs to Get More Involved in Energy Decisions

Ken Silverstein

Ever the entrepreneur, Tim Healy of Boston-based Enernoc has joined forces with PwC to convince the corporate suite that energy management is a financial issue that deserves high-level thinking — not something to be relegated to the technical folks a few floors down. Enernoc is a demand response company. In the past, the company has   …Continue Reading

Supreme Court Overturns DC Circuit, OKs FERC Order 745

Carl Weinschenk

Overlapping constituencies – including industrial and commercial energy buyers, aggregated groups of consumers and the advanced energy distribution ecosystem — scored a big win yesterday as the Supreme Court ruled that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) had acted within its powers in setting the rules for demand response programs. The court also approved the specific   …Continue Reading

10 Things Companies Should Know about the Changing Electric Grid

Liz Delaney

How the Low-Carbon Electricity Revolution Affects the Grid’s Biggest Customers The electricity grid of the United States is undergoing a remarkable transformation. Coal-fired and nuclear power plants are closing their doors, renewable energy from wind and solar energy is gaining market share and natural gas has become the dominant source of grid electricity in many   …Continue Reading

Data Center Energy Demand: Is the Grid Overmatched?

Carl Weinschenk

A report from Northbridge Energy Partners examines the increasing demands of data centers and the limitations of power grids. The report, which was written by Peter Kelly-Detwiler, says that demand is growing both in terms of storage and processing. This has led to more super computer data center and high performance computers. Indeed, the amount   …Continue Reading

Demand Response Proponents See Growth as a Supreme Court Decision Looms

Carl Weinschenk

Demand response (DR) energy distribution appears to be gaining momentum in the United States and elsewhere. In the U.S., however, the DR sector is awaiting a Supreme Court decision that will have great impact on the evolution of the technology, administrative and business models. A lot is going on besides the Supreme Court case, however. Technology   …Continue Reading

Companies Vie to Define the New Grid

Carl Weinschenk

AutoGrid says that it has struck a deal with Dutch power company Eneco Group. Eneco, which has more than 2 million customers, will use AutoGrid’s Predictive Controls and DROMS application to create a “software-defined power plant” that will enable Eneco’s customers to save, use, exchange or sell energy, according to AutoGrid. The deal is illustrative of   …Continue Reading

Gensets in Demand Response Programs Generate Revenue, Decrease Outages

Jennifer Hermes

This article is sponsored by ConEdison Solutions. Utilizing distributed generation (DG) assets such as standby generators (gensets) can be one of the most effective and easy ways for building owners and operators to curb electricity load during demand response events, whether using existing gensets or other equipment. Distributed generation offers building owners a number of unique advantages, including resiliency   …Continue Reading

Bromine Battery to Cut ICL Operating Expenses 16%

Karen Henry

ICL, a global manufacturer of products based on unique minerals, anticipates a 16 percent reduction to its annual operating expenses with the deployment of a bromine-based battery. The battery was deployed for energy storage purposes at its fire retardant production site in Rancho Cucamonga, California. The battery utilizes a Primus Power EnergyCell system to manage   …Continue Reading

Hydrogenics’ Electrolyzer Helps Power Stuttgart

Carl Weinschenk

Hydrogenics Corporation said this week that its 1.5 MW PEM electrolyzer energy storage system has been incorporated into E.ON’s site in Hamburg, Germany. The system will help power the natural gas grid of the city. The Hydrogenics electrolyzer system produces green hydrogen by using surplus renewable energy, mostly from wind resources. This power-to-gas system enables   …Continue Reading

Four Takeaways from Order 745 Supreme Court Arguments

Allison Clements

What an honor to attend oral arguments at the Supreme Court of the United States. The building’s stately presence and history provided quite the backdrop for arguments on an issue dear to me and many other energy geeks across this country — the authority of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to regulate, via Order 745, demand response resources’   …Continue Reading