The University of Hawaii Cancer Center and John A. Burns School of Medicine, adjacent facilities in Honolulu, have joined with Hawaiian Electric on a demand-response demonstration project that uses battery energy storage to deliver power during periods of peak energy use, according to a March 21 report by Pacific Business News.
Recognizing that the escalating cost of demand-side (DS) management programs has “exacerbated an already bleak economic situation” for many Kentucky Power customers,” – and that there is less demand for electricity in the Bluegrass State than there was several years ago – the Kentucky Public Service Commission announced last week that it had opened a review (Case No. 2017-00097) of the programs.
The Maryland Industrial Partnerships (MIPS) Program has awarded a joint grant to Whisker Labs, a division of Earth Networks, to study the potential economic benefit of shifting customers’ electricity loads through the use of its Connected Savings energy management platform, the recipient announced on February 22.
A report released on February 17 by Advanced Energy Economy Institute –a national association of business leaders dedicated to making the global energy system more secure, clean, and affordable – has established that that a combination of demand reduction strategies could entirely offset a projected 2,000-MW increase in summer peak demand in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula from 2017 through 2026 – which would both avoid or defer the need to construct additional power plants, and save up to $1.2 billion for electricity customers.
The contradictory goals held by electricity generators and consumers that lie at the heart of the demand response could put a damper on the growth of the approach. Indeed, the tension already has done so in Australia. Dealing with this core issue is important as … Read more…
National Grid’s business customers in Massachusetts and Rhode Island can earn up to $3,500 and become more energy efficient by participating in a two-year demand response pilot program, the utility announced on February 6. The program offers financial incentives to qualified participating businesses for reducing … Read more…
Norcross, Georgia-based Comverge announced on January 23 that the company has recently contracted to roll out an integrated demand response and energy efficiency program to small and medium businesses (SMBs) for one of the top five largest U.S. investor-owned utilities.
FirstEnergy announced on January 16 that 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.