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PLMA Announces the Winners of its 2011 Demand Response Awards

>PRWEB.COM Newswire

(PRWEB) June 13, 2012

With an electric industry that continues to experience a period of significant changes related to major investment needs to upgrade aging grid infrastructures, Smart Grid and renewable resources, PLMA continues to be the leading alliance of suppliers of electricity, load shedding systems manufacturers, consultants, research groups and trade associations to promote the concepts and technologies of reducing demand for electricity in response to pricing signals in the marketplace and for reliability improvements. Formed in 1999, PLMA has organized over 20 conferences dealing with the latest information regarding demand response issues and continues to be the recognized leader in providing timely and accurate information on DR.

“There were a wealth of innovative and creative load reduction programs and studies being operated this past year,” remarked Elliot Boardman, Executive Director of PLMA. “These awards are a way for PLMA to recognize and highlight the best of the best.”

The Award Winners are identified below, followed by a description of their Demand Response (DR) efforts and why they were chosen for the award.

  •     Innovative Marketing Award
Con Edison of New York for coolNYC smartAC load management study

CoolNYC was a 2011 residential load management program, funded and enabled by Con Edison with the use of ThinkEco’s modlet plug-load management solution and the associated smartAC thermostat. The coolNYC study allowed tenants with room air-conditioners (RACs) to receive the modlet and thermostat, free of charge. Through the use of the modlet, Con Edison customers were able to better control their energy use during the hot summer months. More specifically, the modlet (a) enabled thermostat- and time-based control of window ACs, (b) empowered consumers with remote control and energy-use monitoring of window ACs via browser or smart phone apps, and (c) allowed users to pre-schedule their window ACs on/off. The objective of the study was to be able to enroll RACs into a demand response program in a way that maintained consumer comfort.

During the summer of 2011, this technology was deployed in a large residential mixed-income complex in New York City. Flyers were put up across the four-building complex, and emails were sent from the building management office to tenants. During a two-week period in May 2011, about a quarter of the buildings’ tenants volunteered to participate in the study. Modlets were handed out in early June, and the majority of participants set them up on their own. June was set aside as baseline monitoring month, and scheduling and 5-hour demand response events were introduced in July. In implementing the events, participants were notified via email 24 hours prior to an event, followed by a reminder 2 hours prior to the event. Participants were automatically opted in unless they actively opted out through the software or using the technology.

  •     Outstanding Program Achievement Award
EnerNOC working with Transpower, Genesis Energy and Meridian Energy
For Interruptible Load in the New Zealand Instantaneous Reserves market

With more than 70 percent of electricity coming from renewable sources (hydro, geothermal and wind), New Zealand’s electrical grid is one of the lowest-carbon systems in the world. However, balancing frequency on the grid is a constant challenge, especially at high rates of HVDC transfer and with the large single shaft Combined Cycle Gas Turbine plants on the grid.

Much of New Zealand’s electricity is hydro, generated from lakes and rivers in the South Island, while most of the electricity demand is in the North Island, in particular, the Auckland region. Consequently, large amounts of electricity need to be transmitted long distances between the two islands. It is more efficient to transmit electricity over long distances by high voltage direct current (HVDC).

Through the Instantaneous Reserves markets, market participants like generators can bid spinning reserve and like major industrial sites and distribution companies can bid Interruptible Load into these markets. EnerNOC has partnered with other market participants to help them enter the Instantaneous Reserves market. EnerNOC has now built an aggregator portfolio in the North Island that can deliver over 100MW of fast response (less than 1 second) Interruptible Load. This is an AutoDR product.

To date, EnerNOC has delivered the dispatched quantities in all the under frequency events. For a grid emergency event on December 13, 2011 when the Huntly power station tripped over 500MW off the grid, EnerNOC delivered over 120MW of fast reserve which contributed to arresting the frequency fall. This demonstrated the benefits of having an aggregated portfolio which is fast response (<1 second), reliable as firm capacity, diverse and robust across different sectors and at 50 different Grid Exit Points and provides a staggered restoration after events.

2011 Trailblazing Award for Innovation
U.S. Green Building Council working with Skipping Stone
USGBC LEED Pilot Credit 8: Demand Response was created to increase participation in Demand Response technologies and programs that make energy generation and distribution systems more efficient, increase grid reliability, and reduce environmental impacts and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Projects are required to design buildings and equipment to participate in, or have the ability to participate in, Demand Response programs through load shedding or shifting. On-site electricity generation does not meet the intent of this credit.

This pilot credit resulted in a partnership between the USGBC and the Environmental
Defense Fund (EDF) called the Demand Response Partnership Program (DRPP). The DRPP is a collaborative effort between the USGBC and EDF that is bringing together both sides of the grid. Through DRPP, selected utility hosts, solution providers, technology providers and program sponsors along with owners and managers of LEED-registered and certified buildings will participate in a pilot program that has both action and research components. Throughout the pilot program, data will be collected to reflect the actual results and experiences of DRPP participants.

The particularly innovative result of LEED Pilot Credit 8: Demand Response is the DRPP. Through this partnership, USGBC and EDF will collaborate with selected utility hosts, solution providers, technology sponsors and program sponsors to foster participation from commercial customers into existing utility, ISO or curtailment provider demand response programs. By leveraging the relationship USGBC has with over 45,000 LEED buildings, and utilizing the new LEED credit for demand response, thousands of buildings are reachable in this groundbreaking initiative. USGBC has demonstrated the ability to drive widespread adoption of green building practices and is currently certifying approximately 1,700,000 square feet per day of LEED projects.

For further information, contact Elliot Boardman at (561) 422-2244 or eboardman(at)peaklma(dot)com.

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