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Jessica Kennedy

Jessica Kennedy

Jessica Kennedy has worked in the energy industry since 2008. She earned her bachelor’s degree in English from the State University of New York at Geneseo. She earned her master’s degree in Physical Geography & Environmental Systems from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Jessica’s primary area of study is environmental conservation and climate change. Jessica is also an avid reader, painter, and guitar player. She can be found on Twitter and Google+.

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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Transactive Energy: The Next Big Deal for the Smart Grid

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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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5 Tips to Reduce Big Building Energy Use

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on Monday, 17 June 2013
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It takes a surprising amount of energy to keep large buildings operating. Large commercial and residential buildings can consume a huge amount of energy. According to the EPA, US buildings consume about 36% of all energy used and account for 65% of electricity consumption. This translates into a 30% contribution to greenhouse gas emissions, 30% of waste generated, and 30% use of raw materials.

The good news is that there is a lot of opportunity for reduction in energy demand for all types of large buildings with high energy bills. High energy consuming equipment in most commercial buildings include lighting, office equipment, HVAC, along with any other electronic devices that vary by building activity.

Monitor Energy Use

Building management systems (BMS) provide facility managers with a centralized control system that can monitor and adjust energy use within the building. Implementing building automation and control in buildings can drastically reduce energy costs by making it simple to cut use where it is not needed. Monitoring energy use also makes it simple to tailor your operations to correspond with times of lower demand on the electric grid. BMS can make efficiency measures like participating in demand response programs easy. Companies like Energy Curtailment Specialists (ECS) will pay significant money for energy reduction during times of stress on the power grid. This revenue adds extra value to your building’s energy efficiency measures. Read more about DR programs here.

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Energy Efficiency is Money Earned

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on Thursday, 06 June 2013
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Energy efficiency reminders seem to be ubiquitous. For just a little hike in price, we can buy energy efficient light bulbs, appliances, cars, and even homes. The constant message of energy efficient living is that we are being kind to the environment and helping to stop global warming. But what’s in it for us?

Well, it turns out, that there is a lot of money to be saved by being energy efficient. Aside from environmental benefits (which are plentiful) there is significant potential to save money with energy efficiency programs, and commercial and industrial facilities have the most to gain.

Adopting energy efficiency is widely regarded as one of our best, and most inexpensive, renewable resources. Reports have been flooding the news with different efficiency projects, generating thousands of dollars in savings that benefit consumers as well as businesses. For example, Automation World recently reported on energy efficiency operations of 39 different manufacturers given free energy audits by the Delta Institute. Delta used grant money to audit manufacturers in the Chicago area, and help them improve energy efficiency. The result was a wealth of data that gives us insight into the true value of saving energy.

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