FirstEnergy announced on January 16 that its three of its regulated utilities in Pennsylvania – Met-Ed, Penn Power, and West Penn Power – have kicked off a demand response program for their commercial and industrial customers that offers them financial incentives to curtail their energy use, upon request, during peak hours.
The program will run from 2017 through 2020 during the summer (June through September).
DR load reduction can involve:
- Temporarily reducing or shutting down industrial processes,
- Turning off lights in groups or sequences,
- Reducing the use of HVAC systems,
- Shutting down large motors and compressors, or
- Switching to back-up generation.
“This demand response program is a great opportunity for businesses to improve their bottom line[s] by managing their electricity use,” said FirstEnergy VP of Energy Efficiency John Dargie.
FirstEnergy’s ten electric distribution companies form one of the nation’s largest investor-owned electric systems, serving customers in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia, Maryland, and New York.
Entergy Arkansas Re-Ups with Consumer DR
In related news, on January 16, Entergy Arkansas announced a ten-year contract extension with Comverge, a provider of cloud-based demand response and energy efficiency solutions for electric utilities.
Launched in 2012, the Entergy Arkansas Summer Advantage program was originally designed to serve as a virtual power plant of 15 MW of capacity, but has since grown to 35 MW. The program provides an opportunity for Entergy Arkansas to engage with its residential customers and to help them save on energy bills.
Entergy Arkansas provides electricity to more than 705,000 customers in 63 counties statewide.