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Demand Response Program Hesitations Keeping you from Making Money

Jim Kordoban Jul 20, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Facilities that use large amounts of electricity have often heard of demand response programs, or are active participants.  Demand Response programs typically compensate facilities based on curtailment during a specified time period.  The utility or market operator will call an event during times when the electrical grid is under a considerable amount of stress from high demand or lack of adequate generation.  Ultimately, more generation is produced or curtailment is called to help prevent a rolling brownout or blackout.  For many organizations, the idea of shutting off, curtailing, or adjusting energy use can be a scary thought!  Whether you’re a building manager concerned about tenant comfort, a data center operations manager who is worried about uninterruptible power, or a plant engineer focused on product quality, you’ve got a business to run and your operations come first. 

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7 Questions and Answers About Demand Response in Texas

Incite Energy Mar 16, 2017 7:51:00 AM

Summer is on it's way, and with it increased demand for electricity across Texas as we start to run our air-conditioning units. This spike in demand puts a huge strain on the grid and can lead to blackouts. That's why ERCOT, the group responsible for regulating Texas's energy grid, started programs like demand response, in order to lower over all usage when demand is high.

While businesses that qualify for demand response have opportunities to enroll throughout the year, for those who want to participate this summer, there are only a few weeks left to enroll. So if you're considering DR, but still aren't sure, we've compiled a list of the most common DR questions.

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How to Use the Energy Markets to Save and Earn Cash

Tyler Bailey Nov 15, 2016 7:39:00 AM

If you're planning your company's budget for next year, know that getting smart about your energy use can save AND earn you money. 


Unraveling your energy choices may seem like a daunting task, but it's well worth the effort. Learning to navigate the marketplace can help you seize new opportunities to save cash and generate revenue.

Not sure where to begin? Check out the energy strategies we've shared below to start boosting your 2017 budget. 

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Are "Smart" Appliances Worth it?

Caroline Haywood Oct 20, 2016 8:00:00 AM

In case you haven't heard, the future is now. While we may not have personal robots or automatic kitchens like the Jetsons, we do have “smart home” technology. With today's two-way electric meters and home energy management systems, we can control our appliances remotely. It's not just cool; it can also save you money.


Smart home technologymakes energy efficiency a no-brainer; it automatically shifts power draws to less expensive, off-peak hours. On the other hand, it comes with a hefty price tag. Do the pros of smart appliances outweigh the cons? Are they really worth it?


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Demand Response's Journey to a Better Future in ERCOT

Jared Crane Apr 15, 2016 10:35:30 AM

We've talked a lot this year about Demand Response (DR), in particular ERCOT's Emergency Response Service (ERS) program. The market for demand side management and system operator incentives for load curtailment grew rapidly in recent years and as a result, the ERS program has been experiencing some growing pains.



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It's Okay To Do Something Different With Your Budget.

JB Sowyrda Feb 23, 2016 3:07:09 PM

Are you ready to hit the "reset" button on your energy budget?

It's no surprise that after a holiday period of feasting and indulging, many Americans wake up on January 1st with the resolve to "cut the fat" and "do better" this year than they did last year.  The same goals can be applied to how you manage your company's energy spend.

 I meet with businesses and governmental entities on a daily basis and I keep hearing the same story over and over.  Tell me if you've heard one of these or if this is the story of your situation: "I know I'm paying too much, but I don't have the time to shop around."  "I don't like change." "Finance just cut my budget... again."  "Something has to change, but I don't even know where to start."

Let's just go ahead and press the reset button now.

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Demand Response Just Got Even Better

Jim Kordoban Feb 16, 2016 12:05:27 PM

Energy managers often hesitate to enroll their company in a demand response (DR) program for two popular reasons:

  1.  They feel that they don't know enough about DR or how to manage it within their company
  2.  They don't know if they'll save enough money to warrant the effort.

I have only one response to these concerns: Can you really afford not to enroll in one?

Demand response has been around for quite some time, and early adopters have been reaping the rewards for years. Given the recent Supreme Court ruling on FERC 745, demand response growth is "expected to result in faster growth in demand response in the wholesale electricity markets that cover about 60% of U.S. power supply" according to the EIA.

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Why Demand Response is the Best Thing Since Sliced Bread

Jim Kordoban Feb 2, 2016 11:30:00 AM

What is Demand Response?

During periods of intense heat or cold, consumer usage drives demand, which intensifies the strain on the electricity grid. Increased strain causes grid instability, which can result in brown outs or even rolling black outs.


So how do grid operators protect against this potentially dangerous situation? 


The answer, demand response (DR). DR enables businesses to voluntarily cut back on their electricity consumption when demand on the grid is high and grid stability may be compromised.  For their participation, businesses are paid for acting as an insurance policy against grid failure.


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