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Sarah Battaglia

Sarah Battaglia

Sarah Battaglia has been our in-house Copywriter and Social Media Specialist since 2011. Born and raised in Orchard Park, NY, Sarah holds a Bachelors degree in Business Administration and Marketing from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Out of the office, she has a passion for baking delectable desserts, cooking for her family, and riding her bike.

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Free Energy Education Workshops Now Available to Businesses

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Energy Curtailment Specialists (ECS) has recently developed a new program available to any business interested in learning how to manage their energy usage through demand response. The free Energy Education Workshops are offered throughout the month and cover an assortment of topics. On April 18th, ECS will be hosting four different energy education webinars specifically for the following markets: PJM, Ontario, New York, and California.

These energy education workshops are being offered monthly. End-users in PJM, Ontario, New York, and California can learn how to participate in demand response programs.

PJM Territory: 11AM EST

As the leading privately-held demand response provider in North America, ECS simplifies the complexity of the PJM demand response programs in this exclusive workshop. A series of new rules have recently been introduced in the PJM market. These rules greatly influence how to calculate a business’ performance under the Guaranteed Load Drop baseline methodology. Those registered for this workshop will learn the details of the PJM program and how to maximize revenue through participation.

Ontario: 2PM EST

Energy Curtailment Specialists has worked with thousands of facilities across the US and Ontario for years, making them the leading expert on demand response. ECS continues to work closely with its clients in order to establish a practical and effective reduction action plan for those facilities located in the Ontario Power Authority region. Upcoming changes to the DR3 program could have an effect on a business’ participation. In this workshop, ECS will identify these changes and work with its customers to make sure they experience a seamless transition into the new DR3 program.

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Electricity Supply May be Tight for ERCOT This Summer

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The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) recently announced that electricity supply may be tight this summer. As demand typically grows in the summer months, emergency alerts may be issued to encourage residents and businesses to curtail their electric consumption. Those who participate in demand response will be paid to temporarily reduce their energy usage during these times of high demand.

Kent Saathoff, vice president of grid operations and system planning for ERCOT, confirmed, “Current estimates indicate that we likely will see very tight conditions on the hottest days.” With a similar weather prediction to that of 2010, ERCOT is anticipating a peak demand of 67,998 megawatts (MW). Currently, 73,708 MW is the expected amount of generation capacity before considering power plant outages, which could remove 2,600 MW. So it’s going to be a close call.

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8 Simple Ways to Successfully Reduce Energy for a Demand Response Event

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So you have decided to enroll your facility in a demand response program. You understand that your organization will be protecting the electric grid from blackouts and brownouts during times of high demand, and you are aware of the revenue your organization will earn from this program. The only thing left to do is to work with your demand response provider and develop a successful reduction strategy to implement during an emergency event. Although each organization is different and will require a tailored plan, there are eight main strategies that prove to be effective for most facilities.

1. On-Site Generators

If you have a generator that can take your facility partially or completely off the grid, it is important to keep it fully fueled and ready to respond during the hot summer months, when the grid operator typically issues emergency reduction events. During the event, be sure the generator is not only functioning, but that the transfer switch is engaged which will actually displace the grid power.

Keep in mind, activating your generator 15 minutes before the event begins and keeping it on until 15 minutes after the event will ensure success.

2. Air Conditioning

Emergency events are usually held during the summer months when the sun is blazing and everyone is trying to stay cool by blasting the air conditioning. Instead of simply turning the AC off and making your staff uncomfortably hot, there is a method that can prevent this. It’s called Pre-Cooling.

Let’s assume you set the thermostat at 72°. Two hours prior to the start of the event, you would reduce the thermostat to 66° and let your facility completely cool down. When the event begins, you would increase the thermostat to 82°, preventing the AC from running any longer but ensuring your facility remains cool during the event. Many facilities that include Pre-Cooling in their reduction strategy leave their air conditioning turned off for the entire event.

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5 Ideal Participants for Demand Response

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Demand response has become a popular program among a variety of different buildings and organizations. For years, utility companies have relied on this program to protect the electric grid in times of extreme demand. During peak hours, electricity consumption soars, making it difficult for utilities to supply a sufficient amount of power to all consumers. If it wasn’t for demand response, many would be left in complete darkness. To top it off, those who participate will receive financial compensation for temporarily reducing their electricity during these peak hours. So, which organizations are ideal candidates for demand response?

1. Factories and Industrial Facilities

Most manufacturers and other industrial facilities consume a substantial amount of energy from their large equipment and machinery. With a high level of consumption, a facility is able to reduce more electricity, allowing them to receive a more generous payment.

These large facilities have several ways of curtailing their energy during peak hours. Most facilities will turn off lights, pumps, fans, and other electrical appliances in vacant areas prior to a demand response event. Adjusting the thermostat to reduce air conditioning or heating, reducing production or shifting to non-event hours, and limiting the use of air compressors during an event are also helpful measures to take. Demand response events are a great time for maintenance or staff meetings, but if operations cannot be stopped, running on-site generators is a perfect way to maintain production while still reducing demand on the grid.

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For PowerConnect Affiliates, the Revenue is Endless

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Affiliate programs are an excellent way to expand your business while getting paid at the same time. By joining forces with a reputable company, your business will be able to offer clients expert advice on a wider range of services. BidURenergy (BUE), the nation’s premier energy broker, and Energy Curtailment Specialists (ECS), North America’s leading privately-held demand response provider, are offering businesses a chance to take part in their exclusive PowerConnect affiliate program.

BidURenergy works with businesses that want to ensure that their energy rates are the lowest that the competitive market dictates. BUE’s PowerPit! platform forces third party suppliers to offer their absolute best rates for electricity and natural gas. Businesses that participate in a PowerPit! blind-auction can see an average savings of 10-25% on their energy bills. Additionally, BUE also offers an extensive bill auditing service, completely free of charge to businesses that may be paying too much on their monthly energy bills, or have been charged incorrectly in the past by their utility or supplier.

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