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Demand Response Infographic

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on Tuesday, 24 September 2013
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Demand response is simple! Participants work together to reduce demand on the power grid when there is a risk of blackouts. As long as enough electricity is curtailed, the lights stay on for businesses and communities.

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Demand Response: Backed by the Full Faith of the US Government

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on Monday, 16 September 2013
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A varied market of retail demand response (DR) providers has emerged to help the nation’s struggling power grid infrastructure. While the standard DR program does offer private financial incentives to clients, the impetus behind the demand response movement is not entirely a profit motive. Since 1978 the federal government has tasked the Department of Energy with helping to research and implement such programs aimed at lightening the load on our power grid.

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Though the term “demand response” had yet to be coined, state utilities and Independent System Operators (ISOs) already understood that the power grid might need more than just routine maintenance to continue meeting the growing demand for electricity. To achieve this, the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (PURPA) directed the Department of Energy to “… [N]otify the State regulatory authorities, and electric utilities … of load management techniques and the results of studies and experiments concerning load management techniques.”

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Demand Response Event Day at ECS

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on Monday, 12 August 2013
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I was asked Thursday afternoon around 1 o’clock, “do you feel like it’s getting a little cool in here?” And yes, yes it did feel a little cooler!

We weren’t having thermostat problems, nor were we experiencing an early onset of our famed Western New York winter. The New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) had called a Demand Response event for all of New York, and ECS participates, just like our thousands of customers.

The day started off normally. Fresh coffee was made, laughs and smiles were seen as “good mornings” were passed around, and maybe an occasional double-take as Thurman Thomas walked by (yes, the Hall of Fame running back works with our companies). Soon it was time to get to work, contacting our customers to tell them about the Event, and to get ready for it ourselves.

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Transactive Energy: The Next Big Deal for the Smart Grid

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on Thursday, 25 July 2013
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Transactive energy (TE) is a new hot topic in the energy industry, but what exactly is it? Frankly, it is a concept so new that it does not yet have a formal definition. Carl Imhoff, manager of electricity infrastructure for the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory summed it up by saying, “Transactive energy is a means of using economic signals or incentives to engage all the intelligent devices in the power grid—from the consumer to the transmission system—to get a more optimal allocation of resources and engage demand in ways we haven’t been able to before.” What does this really mean?

It means that the electric distribution system is transforming from a one-way generator to end-user transmission system to a smart grid with resources like distributed generation, load management, ancillary services, and even generation resources owned by third parties or end-users. The intelligence driving TE is based on market value and economics. Whereas smart grid technology refers to the ability of the electric grid to communicate between generator, end-user and even points in between, TE takes this a step further and introduces the additional consideration of energy value.

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Demand Response Efforts Needed as Heat Wave Strikes Northeast

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on Tuesday, 16 July 2013
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The Northeast is experiencing the beginnings of a true heat wave this week, with temperatures reaching into the 90s for a second day in a row. Stress on the power grid caused outages Tuesday morning across the New York City area. Meteorologists have suggested this could be the start of the longest and hottest heat wave this year. New York City saw a high temperature of 94 degrees yesterday and is expected to see more extreme high temperatures throughout the week.

Heat advisories are in place for much of the northeast through the rest of the week. The National Weather Service estimates the heat could worsen Thursday and Friday, with a heat index of around 105 degrees in some places.

Needless to say, it has been a pretty crazy start to the week for the staff here at Energy Curtailment Specialists. We’ve had events activated both Monday and Tuesday in New York and surrounding area, and may be expecting more. Our staff has been diligent and efficient in notifying all of our customers of upcoming emergency notices, and our customers have responded very strongly. As NYISO is expecting near-record demand over the next few days energy reduction through demand response will be crucial to maintaining power grid integrity.

We are very grateful for the efforts that have been put forth by our customers and we want to take this opportunity to openly thank the many individuals that will make this week a successful one for our power grid and our community. Despite the fact that there have been reports of outages, brownouts, and voltage fluctuations, we understand that without the support of the people we have enrolled the problems that have been caused would be much worse. Once again, thank you for your dedicated time and effort.

As always, if you are interested in registering for a demand response program or you simply would like more information, please contact Energy Curtailment Specialists, Inc. ECS is an industry pioneer in demand response programs and other services such as utility bill auditing and smart metering.

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