ECS Working with Utilities

Utility Demand Response Programs

Active demand response participation is essential for both power system reliability and market efficiency. Efforts to enable demand-side participation in electricity markets are providing significant benefits to utilities, transmission operators and end users alike.

The ECS Demand Response program model is leading North America as a top choice in demand-side management. With customized turn-key solutions, based on our Demand Response program model, we account for the factors that affect your market’s individual load make-up.

While ECS administers the utility demand response programs available in the various restructured (de-regulated) markets like PJM and New York, we also have broad experience working with...

ECS Works with Various Utility Demand Response Markets and Programs

Partially restructured markets such as California, working via direct contracts with individual utilities and administering separate programs for each electric territory. ECS has a direct contract with Pacific Gas & Electric and Southern California Edison.

ECS Working with Utilities

Utilities in Regulated markets working hand-in-hand with the utility to develop and manage their program under their own branding and provide training for their customer representatives. ECS has worked directly with utilities like Kansas City Power & Light as they first launched the MPower demand response program for grid operators.

ECS Working with Utilities

Other situations involving direct contracts with utilities or markets ECS has direct contracts with market operators like the Ontario Power Authority and utilities such as Penn Power, West Penn Power, Penelec, Metropolitan Edison, Dayton Power & Light, Baltimore Gas & Electric, Pepco and Delmarva Power & Light. Each contract has its own unique services that ECS provides, but each with the ultimate goal of bringing more resources into a demand response program.

ECS Working with Utilities

Participants come from a variety of industries, including all areas of the manufacturing sector, school systems, hotels, retail, healthcare facilities and various other commercial properties. ECS’ services range from a simple review/analysis of existing programs to, in the absence of a current workable program, collaboratively establishing a complete program(s). In many cases, we are asked to simply bring demand response resources directly to the utility and grid operators, independently.

Value Proposition

Over the years, Energy Curtailment Specialists, Inc. (ECS) has grown to be the largest, privately held demand response provider in North America.

  • Demand Response is our #1 priority. ECS has a complete focus on administering full service demand response programs, offering a simple, high value opportunity.

  • Model allows for easy set-up in new markets: simple, proven, ramped up in a short period of time, providing immediate results.

  • Professional staff with experience in the energy field, including market analysis, engineering, and energy and efficiency auditing.  ECS utilizes proven load reduction techniques, coupled with enabling technologies.

  • ECS is not investor owned. Our model is not based on numbers procured via the buyout of smaller demand response aggregators for the purpose of “piecing” together a group of resources; every participant is “home-grown”.

  • We’re flexible. Our program structure and operational approach are different in every market we participate in.  We answer to clients; therefore our programs are market/need driven.

5-Phased Approach to
Demand Response

Successful demand response implementation begins with program design itself.  Attention must be paid to constructing the curtailment parameters in a manner which effectively balances the interests of the utility, in ensuring reliability amongst other motivating factors, and the reduction participants, who must consider numerous issues, including lost opportunity costs.

The following components represent a suggested structure, fostering a robust and sustainable demand response curriculum:

  1. Program Design / Consulting

  2. Marketing & Enrollment

  3. Pre-Event Assessment & Readiness

  4. Event Activations

  5. Post-Event Analysis & Public Communication

Program Design/ Consulting

  • Performance Measurements

  • Payment Structure

  • Event Triggers

  • Hours & Notification

  • Compensation / Revenue Allocations

  • Settlement Process

Marketing & Enrollment

  • Branding, Creation & Distribution of Necessary Materials

  • Identification of Prospects

  • Staff Training, Sales via Phone & Field Reps.

  • Enrollment / Certification Requirements

  • Affiliate Relationships

  • Seminars / Webinars

Pre-Event Assessment & Readiness

  • Demand Response Audits / Reduction Action Plans

  • Engineering / DR Audits

  1. Engineers work with key facility personnel to understand their operating

  2. characteristics and consumption patterns

  • Areas of Focus:

  1. Electrical Distribution System

  2. Identification of Large Electrical Loads

  3. Load Profile Analysis

  4. Energy Management Systems Interfacing

  5. Equipment Operating Hours & Cycling Times

  6. Energy (kW) Saving Options

  7. Demand Shaving Techniques

  8. Demand Response

  • Reduction Action Plan (RAP)

  1. Collaboratively established and implemented with understanding and support from all levels of the organization

  2. Provides action items in preparation for an Event call

Event Activations

  • Automated Client Notification

  • Resource Interaction:  Event Confirmations / Performance Issues

Post-Event Analysis & Public Communication

  • Data Reconciliation

  • Performance Analysis

  1. Review data with client / address performance issues

  2. Examine additional reduction capabilities / opportunities

  • Publicity of Successful Participation

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