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How Will MOPR’s departure affect the ISO-NE market?

The Minimum Offer Price Rule (MOPR) exists to prohibit new capacity resources from offering into the market below their true, i.e. unsubsidized, costs.  MOPR has garnered its share of controversy since it was enacted a decade ago. The rule was introduced to address the concern about “buyer-side market power.”  The concern is that an entity … Continue reading How Will MOPR’s departure affect the ISO-NE market?

ERCOT’S Roadmap to the Future Includes Distributed Energy Resources

On July 13, 2021, ERCOT announced the delivery of its “Roadmap to Improving Grid Reliability,” a 60-item plan that addresses needed improvements to ERCOT’s electric grid with the aim of avoiding future failures like the one experienced this past February when much of the state was left without power and over 200 people died amidst … Continue reading ERCOT’S Roadmap to the Future Includes Distributed Energy Resources

What has California Learned from the 2020 Blackouts?

The sweltering heat that raged across thirteen western states from August 14-17, 2020, had a significant impact on the tens of millions of people who experienced record high temperatures well above 100°F. The triple-digit temperatures had an historic effect on California’s electric grid, too. Consider August 17 as a case-in-point in the energy deficiency the state’s … Continue reading What has California Learned from the 2020 Blackouts?

SOTM 2021 Webinar Series

CPower’s Indispensable Webinar Series on Energy Markets is Back!  Amidst a global drive to reduce carbon emissions, the electric grid continues its transition to a cleaner, more efficient future. That’s why CPower hosts the annual State of Demand-Side Energy Management in North America webinar series, a market-by-market analysis of the issues and trends the experts … Continue reading SOTM 2021 Webinar Series

What the Electric Grid’s Future and the Internet’s Past Have in Common

In the mid-1960s, a new method for effectively transmitting electronic data over a computer network was born, and with it came one of the quintessential building blocks of what would become the modern internet. In simple terms, “packet switching” is a routing method whereby data transmitted across a network takes different routes along the network … Continue reading What the Electric Grid’s Future and the Internet’s Past Have in Common

Achieving Carbon Emission Goals with Demand-Side Energy Management

A convergence of pressures in recent years has caused organizations across North America to examine how their energy use can be managed to help achieve their carbon reduction goals. These converging pressures originate from customers, who desire to do business with sustainability-minded companies; investors, who realize the inherent value associated with an organization being carbon … Continue reading Achieving Carbon Emission Goals with Demand-Side Energy Management

Demand Response Has Been Part of America’s Energy Plan for 40 Years. Why Should the next 40 be any Different?

The idea that reducing a watt of energy on the demand side can be just as valuable as generating one on the supply side in a time of grid stress is hardly new. Nor is the idea that such a solution helps thwart both energy-related and environmental crises.  The origin of demand response can be … Continue reading Demand Response Has Been Part of America’s Energy Plan for 40 Years. Why Should the next 40 be any Different?

FERC Order Removes Restrictions for Utility Demand Response Resources in New York Zones G-J

Good news on the regulatory front for new demand response resources from New York’s zones G-J entering NYISO’s Installed Capacity Market. On February 18, 2021, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued an Order that overturned a portion of its previously issued Oct. 7, 2020 Order in the paper hearing on whether utility demand response … Continue reading FERC Order Removes Restrictions for Utility Demand Response Resources in New York Zones G-J

Wild Backstory Aside, House Bill 6 Opens a Door for Energy Efficiency Monetization in Ohio

Ohio House Bill 6 had the kind of year that, if it hadn’t taken place during 2020, might have garnered national headlines and caught the attention of Hollywood.  Before we succumb to the temptation of divulging exploitative details–which include outcries of scandal, bribery, corruption, and racketeering–let’s cover the fundamentals of the bill and what they … Continue reading Wild Backstory Aside, House Bill 6 Opens a Door for Energy Efficiency Monetization in Ohio

Arizona’s Largest Utility Ramps its Demand Response program to Pursue Carbon-Free Mission

The largest electric utility in Arizona is making strides toward a more sustainable future and it’s clear demand response is part of the plan.  Arizona Public Service (APS) is the owner and operator of the country’s largest producer of carbon-free electricity–the Palo Verde Generating Station.  Currently, the utility generates clean, reliable electricity for 1.3 million … Continue reading Arizona’s Largest Utility Ramps its Demand Response program to Pursue Carbon-Free Mission

Demand-Side 2021 Webinar Series

Demand Side Management in the Time of COVID A commercial and Industrial Guide to offsetting energy costs and earning revenue in a year of (extra) uncertainties From the Covid pandemic to a roller-coaster economy, a wild presidential election, and significant legislation in every energy market in the US...2020 was a chaotic year.  On to 2021, … Continue reading Demand-Side 2021 Webinar Series

Case Study: Batteries Included: Creating Value with Behind-the-Meter Storage

From grid scale to residential rooftop solar, battery energy storage systems hold the promise of a decentralized, decarbonized, and digitized energy future. They offer operational flexibility, encourage deploying renewable assets, provide financial benefits to owners and third parties alike, and promote both grid stability and customer sustainability. In this new white paper, “Batteries Included: Creating … Continue reading Case Study: Batteries Included: Creating Value with Behind-the-Meter Storage

New England Seeks to Balance Renewables and Grid Reliability

Grid Operators in the US deregulated energy markets need only look west to California and the Golden State’s recent barrage of rolling blackouts for a reminder of how an ambitious but unchecked drive to a renewable fuel mix can threaten grid reliability. California’s charge over the last two decades toward a carbon-free future has led … Continue reading New England Seeks to Balance Renewables and Grid Reliability

ERCOT’s Effective and Lucrative Last Bastion Against Blackouts

Texans love a good fight, especially if there is a lot riding on the outcome and the battle comes down to the wire only to be won in the waning seconds by the last fighter standing.  Maybe that’s why ERCOT’s Load Resource demand response program has been a favorite of commercial organizations in the Lone … Continue reading ERCOT’s Effective and Lucrative Last Bastion Against Blackouts

Are You Earning Revenue From Your Energy Savings? (Webinar)

Are You Earning Revenue From Your Energy Savings? Has your organization completed an energy efficiency project in the last two years? Are you planning on completing a project before June of 2021? If the answer is yes – you are likely eligible for earnings in addition to the savings your project is already delivering for up … Continue reading Are You Earning Revenue From Your Energy Savings? (Webinar)

SOTM 2020 Webinar Series

60 minutes with CPower Experts. Energy Insights to Plan Your 2020 and Beyond. 2020 was poised to be a big year in energy before the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic and ensuing lockdown. As the country works its way through the pandemic’s maze, organizations like yours are reexamining their energy management strategies in search of … Continue reading SOTM 2020 Webinar Series

PSC Order on NY Utility DR Program Changes for Summer 2020 – Market Minute (Video)

  On May 14th, in response to COVID-19 related challenges and recommendations raised by stakeholders,  the New York Public Service Commission issued an Order directing most of the utilities to implement several changes to their Dynamic Load Management (DLM) tariffs to become effective as of June 1st. These changes will impact the Commercial System Relief … Continue reading PSC Order on NY Utility DR Program Changes for Summer 2020 – Market Minute (Video)

Brave.

Since December of last year,  the truly brave men and women in the healthcare industry that are treating and saving the lives of COVID-19 patients come to work, put in uncountable hours, and in every second of that chaotic day risk exposure to the worst disease we have seen in a very long time. New … Continue reading Brave.

PJM in Motion (Environment + Energy Leader Webinar)

  In 2015, PJM announced that it was retiring its seasonal emergency capacity demand response programs and replacing them with a single, year-round program called Capacity Performance, or CP. June 2020 was set as the first season that PJM would offer CP as their only capacity program. June 2020 is just a few months away … Continue reading PJM in Motion (Environment + Energy Leader Webinar)

New York’s Rule 222 for Distributed Generation (Video)

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Backup Generators for Demand Response (Video)

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Case Study: UMass Amherst – A Revolutionary Approach to Sustainability Yields Revolutionary Results

State-of-the-art battery storage, an innovative solar PV system, and “stacked” demand management programs provide energy savings, steady revenue, reduced greenhouse gases, and grid reliability for this revolutionary institution.

White Paper: The Changing Energy Landscape and New Demand Side Management Opportunities (Navigant)

The year is 2040. Grid modernization has seen the integration of large-scale storage and renewables overtake traditional fossil fuel and nuclear generation. Sustainability, grid reliability, and energy technologies have been major drivers for a modern grid structure. Customers have become more connected and engaged with their utilities and drive the utility business model beyond selling … Continue reading White Paper: The Changing Energy Landscape and New Demand Side Management Opportunities (Navigant)

Webinar: North America’s Changing Demand Side Management Opportunities

This Navigant Research webinar looked at what is happening today that is driving to the grid of the future. Brett Feldman, research director at Navigant Research; Mathew Sachs, senior vice president of strategic planning and business development at CPower; and Terry Sobolewski, president of National Grid Rhode Island, discussed the many factors driving the modernization of the grid and where energy consumers should keep their focus today as the grid of the future is shaped before us.

Webinar: Why Reliability, Sustainability and Resiliency are Changing the Way We Think About Demand Response

Demand Response has evolved dramatically in just the last few years from a mechanism of simply “turning things off” to being an integrated component of grid design and customer-centric controls over energy costs and supply needs. Integrated management of demand is becoming a more accurate perspective in today’s energy landscape.

Today, demand response and demand management are key components of the three pillars that make up the foundation of the modern energy grid: Reliability, Resiliency, and Sustainability.

Webinar: Monetizing Energy Resilience in Healthcare Facilities

More and more, healthcare facilities managers are dedicating resources to behind-the-meter solutions in the pursuit of resilience: To protect themselves from gridwide power outages, continue to provide care and safety to patients and staff, and maintain a reliable electricity supply to support their operations without degradation or interruption. This CPower webinar focuses on ways that these same behind-the-meter energy assets can provide significant savings, generate important revenue, and maximize the return on your investments.

How to Monetize Electricity from Waste Stream Recovery

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, an estimated 20-50% of industrial energy input is lost as waste heat. Many industrial organizations in the U.S. have learned how to recover waste heat, yet few understand how to monetize it. Industrial waste heat is the energy generated in an industrial process that is not put to … Continue reading How to Monetize Electricity from Waste Stream Recovery

Why U.S. Energy Expenditure Share is the Metric Your Organization Needs to Understand

Uncertainty is the arch-nemesis of business. In planning for 2020, it appears our old foe has the upper hand Is 2020 a year for your organization to get aggressive and try to expand? Or is it a year to sit tight and see what happens? Maybe it’s time to pull back on the reins. Chances … Continue reading Why U.S. Energy Expenditure Share is the Metric Your Organization Needs to Understand

SOTM 2019 Webinar Series

60 minutes with CPower Experts. Energy Insights to Plan Your Year. At CPower, we know that running your organization’s day-to-day affairs is challenging enough without having to stay on top of the latest developments in the energy industry.  That’s why we created the State of Demand-Side Energy Management in North America webinar series, a market-by-market … Continue reading SOTM 2019 Webinar Series

SED Webinar: Energy and Manufacturing Productivity

Ideas for sustaining balance in the US industrial sector in 2019 and beyond. In this Smart Energy Decisions webinar, CPower’s experts discuss the energy-related issues affecting the US manufacturing industrial sector and explore demand-side energy management options aimed to help manufacturers offset soon-to-be rising energy costs without sacrificing their productivity.

Navigant: Utility Demand Response

This white paper highlights critical insights for utilities into the implementation of future customer-focused DR programs, given the rapidly changing and distributed energy grid. Utilities with existing DR programs that are either underperforming or otherwise failing to yield desired results may look to the considerations and case studies to strengthen their existing DR portfolio and meet customer needs.

The Push for Renewables in New York

One of the Reforming Energy Vision’s primary goals includes renewable sources generating 70% of the state’s electricity by 2030. To do that, the New York grid seeks to implement distributed energy resources into its fuel mix. How might New York’s energy market be redesigned to incorporate DERs like solar, energy storage, and others? NYISO’s proposed … Continue reading The Push for Renewables in New York

New York City: high capacity prices, many demand-side energy management options

When it comes to capacity prices in New York state, the story changes depending on the geographic region. Capacity prices are historically low right now in upstate New York but increase through the Lower Hudson Valley toward New York City, due to transmission constraints. The announced retirement of Indian Point nuclear facility scheduled for 2020 … Continue reading New York City: high capacity prices, many demand-side energy management options

The best way to manage your energy in California? Be Flexible.

In the near future, organizations with flexible resources at their disposal will have an advantage when it comes to earning money for helping the grid. California is committed to integrating renewables into its electrical grid. The load-shift product is set to launch in November 2019. In its wake, expect a series of flexible resource products … Continue reading The best way to manage your energy in California? Be Flexible.

Has California finally solved “The Duck Curve?”

California experiences a daily spike in energy demand in the early evening when renewable sources like solar go offline and residents come home from work and increase their energy consumption by flipping on their air conditioning, turning on their lighting, doing laundry, charging electronic devices, and engaging in other energy-consuming activities. When charted on a … Continue reading Has California finally solved “The Duck Curve?”

Is Global Adjustment in Ontario here to stay?

The Global Adjustment was introduced in 2006 to help Ontario cover the difference between electricity’s market rate and the contractually higher rates the provincial government had agreed to pay new generators in an attempt to stimulate private investment in Ontario’s generation system. All Ontario electricity customers pay global adjustment to cover the cost of the … Continue reading Is Global Adjustment in Ontario here to stay?

The Ontario Market: a (very) brief history

By the early-1990s, Ontario’s energy grid faced dire reliability and economic concerns. Many of the nuclear generation plants powering the province had been built in the 1970s and were starting to prematurely show their age, declining in efficiency and reliability. More recently-built nuclear stations had riddled Ontario Hydro (Ontario’s then publicly-owned and lone electric utility) … Continue reading The Ontario Market: a (very) brief history

How to hedge against Load Resource proration in ERCOT

Of the demand response programs that ERCOT offers, Load Resource offers the most lucrative potential–particularly during the summer months when demand on the grid is at or near its peak. Simply put, ERCOT’s tight reserve margin is brought about by diminished supply and growing electrical demand, which in turn causes high energy prices in Texas … Continue reading How to hedge against Load Resource proration in ERCOT

Why doesn’t Texas have a Capacity Market?

This post was excerpted from the 2019 State of Demand-Side Energy Management in North America. To get a breakdown of the February 2021 Winter Event in Texas, click here. When the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) established Texas’ deregulated energy market in 1999, it had several very Texan ideals in mind. For starters, the … Continue reading Why doesn’t Texas have a Capacity Market?

Demand Response in New England: The more things change…

ISO-NE’s implementation of its price-responsive demand construct has led to several changes in its demand response programs. Three key changes for 2019: DR programs are now dispatched based on economic (instead of emergency) conditions. DR is now considered fast-acting DR and must be dispatched within 30 minutes of the grid’s call for curtailment. DR resources … Continue reading Demand Response in New England: The more things change…

New England’s Emerging Hybrid Grid

Currently, there are two developmental shifts taking place in New England concerning the electricity grid. The grid is shifting from conventional generation to renewable energy. The grid is also shifting from centrally dispatched generation to distributed energy resources. What was formerly a traditional power system is becoming a hybrid system with electricity needs met by … Continue reading New England’s Emerging Hybrid Grid

PJM: A Look Ahead to Summer ’19 and Beyond

Summer 2019 is right around the corner, which means another season of PJM’s Emergency Capacity demand response (DR) program is set to kick off. This 2019/2020 marks an important pivot point for DR in PJM. With DR enrollment underway, let’s take a look at some things to expect this summer. 

What has PJM learned from the Polar Vortex?

On January 2, 2014, a sudden stratospheric warming caused a breakdown of the polar vortex, a semi-permanent low-pressure system of cold polar air that helps the jet stream maintain a roughly circular path as it travels around the globe. A healthy polar vortex keeps the jet stream in line, which in turn keeps the cold … Continue reading What has PJM learned from the Polar Vortex?

Is Peak Shaving more Lucrative than Demand Response in PJM?

Peak-shaving, essentially the practice of an organization reducing its demand during times of peak grid stress to lower its capacity charges, is part of what the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is considering as the agency examines PJM’s annual capacity construct. In a June 2018 proposal, PJM stated it hoped to reduce its capacity market demand … Continue reading Is Peak Shaving more Lucrative than Demand Response in PJM?

Dirty Power: The Story Behind UFR and ERCOT’s LR Demand Response

In our last ERCOT blog post, we laid out the record high demand/historically low supply scenario facing ERCOT and its customers this summer. As we reported, ERCOT acknowledges that this situation could result in emergency energy alerts. This will more than likely result in high electricity prices, perhaps record high prices. If you participate in … Continue reading Dirty Power: The Story Behind UFR and ERCOT’s LR Demand Response

ERCOT Summer 2019: Supply, Demand, and Red-Hot Energy Prices

UPDATE March 5: ERCOT announced today that, due to expected record high demand and “historically low” 7.4% expected reserve margin, they have “identified a potential need to call an energy [emergency] alert at various times this summer.” (Emphasis ours.) Alerts allow ERCOT to take advantage of resources available only during scarcity conditions—particularly demand response. ERCOT … Continue reading ERCOT Summer 2019: Supply, Demand, and Red-Hot Energy Prices

Webinar (2/14/2019): Dispatchable Dollars: How Demand Response Creates Revenue Opportunities For DER

Distributed Energy Resources (DER), including storage, are proliferating the world of energy management in a big way. Today, these assets are primarily implemented to provide operational resilience and demand management; however, additional opportunities are rapidly evolving. As intelligent application of DER assets increases for commercial and government sectors, the opportunity to leverage these same assets … Continue reading Webinar (2/14/2019): Dispatchable Dollars: How Demand Response Creates Revenue Opportunities For DER

Now What? California Demand Response in a Post-Fossil Fuels World

The clock has started ticking down on backup generators in California’s demand response programs. On January 1, 2019, the California Public Utilities Commission’s Demand Response Prohibited Resources decision officially takes effect. The decision (officially Decision 16-09-056) mandates that fossil-fueled resources can no longer be used to provide demand response. The decision doesn’t remove fossil fuel … Continue reading Now What? California Demand Response in a Post-Fossil Fuels World

White Paper: Go Green. Save Green. Earn Green.

In this white paper, we’ll explore the various forms that demand-side energy management takes. We’ll look at how one university seized the opportunity to generate significant revenue from demand response participation and succeeded spectacularly. Finally, we’ll examine distributed energy resources and how another university found an innovative way to both optimize their energy program and maximize their revenue with intelligent storage.

Case Study: Lake Gaston Water Supply Pipeline

Virginia Beach, VA – Faced with the prospect of losing hundreds of thousands of dollars in demand response revenue, this Virginia Beach site discovered a way to keep the money flowing without interruption. THE CUSTOMER: LAKE GASTON WATER SUPPLY PIPELINE The Lake Gaston Water Supply Pipeline, also known simply as Lake Gaston, is at the heart … Continue reading Case Study: Lake Gaston Water Supply Pipeline

How Energy Efficient Data Centers Can Earn More Than Customer Loyalty

Data centers are in demand. The growth of cloud computing and the subsequent challenge of powering big data has led to a data center construction boom. A 2018 industry profile by Dun & Bradstreet predicts data center space to grow to 1.94 billion square feet worldwide in 2018. Much of the industry’s new construction aims … Continue reading How Energy Efficient Data Centers Can Earn More Than Customer Loyalty

Monetizing Energy Assets for Data Centers

The data center industry’s recent push toward a more efficient and sustainable future comes at a serendipitous time when energy markets around the country are working to reduce demand via energy efficiency investments and to integrate distributed energy resources (DERs) onto their energy grids in an attempt to diversify their fuel mixes. This paper offers a detailed explanation of how a data center can monetize its existing energy assets with demand-side energy management.

Webinar: Distributed Energy Resources and the Role of Aggregated Demand Management

Demand response aggregators have been enrolling commercial and industrial (C&I) customers in DR programs for two decades. More recently, other types of Distributed Energy Resources such as energy efficiency, solar photovoltaic, energy storage, gensets, and electric vehicles have started to proliferate and become eligible for energy market participation. However, it is not necessarily a simple endeavor…

White Paper: Distributed Energy Resources and the Role of Aggregated Demand Management

The recent and rapid adoption of distributed energy resources (DER) such as solar PV, energy efficiency, energy storage, and generator sets offers a new set of challenges to aggregation and demand-side energy management. This white paper provides background on the new technologies, highlights major integration issues, and offers recommendations to DR customers looking to monetize their DER assets.

Case Study: City of Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach, Virginia – Energy Manager’s determined pursuit of energy efficiency savings earned the city tens of thousands of dollars in rebates in just a few short years. (Download this case study as a PDF) THE CUSTOMER: THE CITY OF VIRGINIA BEACH Located where the Chesapeake Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean, the City of Virginia … Continue reading Case Study: City of Virginia Beach

Will Prices Rise With The Temperature In Texas This Summer?

As we discussed in our recent blog post about this summer’s potential “perfect Texas storm,” two significant factors projected for the ERCOT (Electric Reliability Council of Texas) energy market could have a noticeable impact on demand response participants: Reduced supply and record peak demand. The resulting clash of supply and demand projections points to the … Continue reading Will Prices Rise With The Temperature In Texas This Summer?

Are You Ready For This Summer’s Perfect Texas Storm?

In October 1991, Hurricane Grace formed near Bermuda and began moving north. At the same time, a massive low-pressure system moved south from Canada. They converged in the North Atlantic, creating a deadly, cataclysmic weather event that was dubbed “the perfect storm,” later immortalized in the film of that name starring George Clooney. No such … Continue reading Are You Ready For This Summer’s Perfect Texas Storm?

Myths… Busted! PJM’s Capacity Performance Soars to New Heights– and Confirms Its Revenue Potential for You

Big news came out of the PJM Interconnection’s Base Residual Auction (BRA), for the 2021/22 delivery year, two weeks ago. Contrary to what most industry experts and trade journalists had predicted, PJM’s Capacity Performance (CP) emergency demand response program did not fail. In fact, we saw offered and cleared Demand Response megawatts (MWs) increase drastically, … Continue reading Myths… Busted! PJM’s Capacity Performance Soars to New Heights– and Confirms Its Revenue Potential for You

Green Buildings Attract Happy Tenants and Bring Green Earnings to the Commercial Real Estate Industry

The following is an excerpt from “Monetizing Energy Assets in the Commercial Real Estate Industry: A Complete Guide for Earning Revenue with demand-side energy management” by CPower: For the past several years, the economic and policy climate of North America has created an impetus for green and sustainable energy-efficient buildings. The commercial real estate (CRE) … Continue reading Green Buildings Attract Happy Tenants and Bring Green Earnings to the Commercial Real Estate Industry

Tishman Speyer: Improving Tenant Experience through Demand-Side Energy Management

Stand anywhere between Fifth Avenue and the Avenue of the Americas from 48th to 51st Street in Midtown Manhattan and you’re bound to see hundreds of passersby gazing at the iconic sights of Rockefeller Center. If Gregg Fischer is one of them, however, he probably won’t be goggling at the usual tourist highlights—Radio City Music … Continue reading Tishman Speyer: Improving Tenant Experience through Demand-Side Energy Management

Demand Side Energy Management 101

What is Demand-Side Energy Management? Learn the fundamentals with CPower’s Demand-Side Energy Management 101 video series.

Commercial Real Estate Guide

A complete guide for earning revenue with demand-side energy management. This guide explains in full what these resources are on how a commercial real estate organization can monetize their existing energy assets with demand-side energy management.

White Paper: Leveraging Your Generation Assets To Generate Revenue

Properly permitted, your emergency generation—EG—is both a reliability asset and a revenue generator. EG provides a great opportunity to earn revenue and save on energy costs through demand response (DR) and demand management programs.

Watch: The Evolution of the California Energy Market

California always seems to be at the center of innovation. When it comes to sustainable and renewable energy goals, it continues to deliver by leading the evolution of our nation’s energy mix away from finite sources that dominated the 20th century to the renewables that are poised to power our world today and in the … Continue reading Watch: The Evolution of the California Energy Market

With The Season’s First Snow, PJM Says “Bring It On”

A recap of the PJM 2017/18 Demand Response Summer season, and a preview of the Winter season just getting underway. With the season’s first snow on the ground and the official start of Winter just days away, it’s a good time to look back at how the PJM Interconnection performed over the summer, and how … Continue reading With The Season’s First Snow, PJM Says “Bring It On”

Case Study: Virginia State University

Virginia’s Opportunity University: successfully seized the opportunity to earn additional revenue for the school through demand response The Customer: Virginia State University Virginia State University (VSU), founded in 1882, is one of Virginia’s two land-grant institutions. It boasts a current student population of approximately 4,700. VSU’s 231-acre campus includes 11 residence halls, 18 academic buildings … Continue reading Case Study: Virginia State University

Case Study: Desert Water Agency

2.5 MW of monthly demand response commitment gives the Desert Water Agency energy savings and additional revenue to offset costs.   The Customer: Desert Water Agency, Palm Springs, California The Desert Water Agency (DWA) is a not for profit government agency providing water to the desert resort community of Palm Springs, in the Coachella Valley, as … Continue reading Case Study: Desert Water Agency

ERCOT’s Capacity Reserve is Dropping. Here’s What Your Business Should Know.

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) and independent market analysts agree on at least one thing: there will be about 4,200 MW less fossil fuel capacity in the Lone Star State in 2018, a decrease that can be attributed to the approved retiring of three coal-fired generation plants–Monticello, Sandow, and Big Brown. Exactly how … Continue reading ERCOT’s Capacity Reserve is Dropping. Here’s What Your Business Should Know.

How to Maximize Demand Response Earnings with California’s DRAM Program

For most of the last two decades, demand response in California has been largely procured and operated by the state’s electric utilities. That trend is changing. Demand response in California is currently experiencing significant changes as regulators implement measures to expand the state’s pool of energy resources and assimilate these resources with the California Independent … Continue reading How to Maximize Demand Response Earnings with California’s DRAM Program

White Paper: The Evolution of the California Energy Market

The Evolution Of The California Energy Market. California always seems to be at the center of innovation.  When it comes to sustainable and renewable energy goals, it continues to deliver by leading the evolution of our nation’s energy mix away from finite sources that dominated the 20th century to the renewables that are poised to … Continue reading White Paper: The Evolution of the California Energy Market

White Paper: PJM Capacity Performance Is Here. Don’t Believe The Myths

PJM Capacity Performance Is Here. Don't Believe The Myths. As we’re all aware by now, this past May PJM ushered in a new era for Demand Response (DR) with the Delivery Year (DY) 2020/21 Base Residual Auction (BRA). This marked the first auction offering 100% Capacity Performance (CP). The legacy summer DR programs of the … Continue reading White Paper: PJM Capacity Performance Is Here. Don’t Believe The Myths

Demand response contributes more than just sustainability to K-12 public school system

The Virginia Beach City Public School System is on a mission. At the heart of that mission lies a commitment to education, which you’d expect from the largest school division in southeastern Virginia. What you might not expect is how money earned from participating in demand response programs is helping fund the VBCPS’ drive toward … Continue reading Demand response contributes more than just sustainability to K-12 public school system

What to expect in the upcoming PJM 2017/18 Demand Response season as well as a 2020/21 BRA preview.

A changing weather landscape may bring early summer heat. Although the recent La Nina season is officially over, we are experiencing a Mother Nature hangover as the 2017 Spring season has seen above normal temperatures.  As we transition from La Nina to El Nino, we should expect the hotter than normal temperatures to continue through … Continue reading What to expect in the upcoming PJM 2017/18 Demand Response season as well as a 2020/21 BRA preview.

Understanding kW vs kWh (and Meter Data) to Lower Your Utility Bills

Many customers as well as my colleagues at CPower often ask me about the benefits of installing reliable metering equipment to access energy data in near real time. I typically respond with a handful of advantages (some listed below), but even before going there I find it useful to explain the full context about why … Continue reading Understanding kW vs kWh (and Meter Data) to Lower Your Utility Bills

Surviving New EPA Rules and the Emergency Generator Regulatory Maze

Is your organization one of the thousands of commercial/industrial energy customers that use back-up generators (BUGs)?  Are they used as emergency generators (a.k.a., EGs or gensets) in demand response (DR) programs? If so, 2016 may have felt like an episode of the “Survivor” reality show, except instead of the usual cast of GenX characters and … Continue reading Surviving New EPA Rules and the Emergency Generator Regulatory Maze

Managing Rising Costs Amidst the Alphabet Soup of NY Energy Initiatives

If you’re a mid- to large-sized energy user in New York, you’ve likely come across a veritable alphabet soup of acronyms: REV, CES, DR, DER…the list goes on. Many of you who run commercial and industrial (C&I) businesses know that you can actively leverage Demand Response (DR) programs and earn revenue by curtailing load when … Continue reading Managing Rising Costs Amidst the Alphabet Soup of NY Energy Initiatives

White Paper: The New England Electric Power Market

In the New England electric power market, sharply rising capacity costs and energy volatility in the New England power market will increase your electricity costs despite relatively low fuel prices and flat usage trends. This white paper explores the underlying reasons, and goes on to explain specific actions commercial and industrial customers can take to … Continue reading White Paper: The New England Electric Power Market

White Paper: The Evolving New York Energy Market

In this white paper, CPower’s Mike Hourihan aims to explain how recent events have played a role in shaping both the New York Energy Market’s current state and its evolution. He’ll also attempt to predict what might be in store for the market and how he believes New York businesses can position themselves to better … Continue reading White Paper: The Evolving New York Energy Market

Energy Policy 101: How the Movement of Electrons is Regulated

Energy policy development is complicated.   Recall that the electric industry has been regulated for more than 100 years and it remains highly regulated today, even with competitive markets.  Moreover, both the Federal government and States have roles to play in regulation.  Using examples, this article focuses on federal jurisdiction over “wholesale” electricity that flows across … Continue reading Energy Policy 101: How the Movement of Electrons is Regulated

Hot Summer Ends Without Emergency Demand Response Events in PJM

The 2016 PJM summer compliance season which runs from June through September has come to an end without a PJM-initiated emergency demand response (DR) event.  The first six months of the year were already one of the warmest on record. So, for many of us sweating it out across the northeast, it was no surprise … Continue reading Hot Summer Ends Without Emergency Demand Response Events in PJM

Choose Your Own Curtailment Adventure: “School’s in Session”

You’re a facilities manager in the public school system. Your district of twelve schools participates in demand response programs annually. Each year, you alternate the six schools that hold summer classes, which presents you with a unique opportunity to earn money through demand response. What do you do? 1) You register the six schools that … Continue reading Choose Your Own Curtailment Adventure: “School’s in Session”

NYISO is Ready for Summer Demand. DR Customers Should be Ready, too.

What can demand response participants expect in New York this summer? Let’s take a look at a few factors. NYISO reports adequate summer supply, though concerns loom in Western New York… On May 19, 2016, NYISO issued its ritual summer press release stating, “Electric supplies in New York are expected to be adequate to meet … Continue reading NYISO is Ready for Summer Demand. DR Customers Should be Ready, too.

Buildings Evolve. Your Building Management System Should, too.

In 1992, I co-authored a chapter for the second edition of the Energy Management Handbook titled “Energy Management Control Systems.” In it I described, among other ideas and practices, the importance of software to facilitate the ongoing success of an efficient energy management control system (EMCS). We’ve seen a host of innovation in the energy … Continue reading Buildings Evolve. Your Building Management System Should, too.

What ERCOT’s Seasonal Demand Predictions Mean for Demand Response in Texas this Summer

ERCOT is ready to meet summer demand. On May 3, 2016, ERCOT released seasonal and 10-year outlooks that anticipate adequate generation capacity for upcoming electricity demands in Texas. According to the ERCOT’s Director of System Planning, Warren Lasher, the ISO expects to have ample generation to serve its customer’s needs this summer. “However,” according to … Continue reading What ERCOT’s Seasonal Demand Predictions Mean for Demand Response in Texas this Summer

What the Worst Gas Leak in US History Means for Demand Response in California this Summer

Demand response participants will play an essential role in keeping Southern California’s energy grid stable this summer. Here are a few reasons why and a few insights on how DR customers can position themselves for a successful season. The leak at Aliso Canyon has consequences for energy supply in California. In October 2015, Aliso Canyon— … Continue reading What the Worst Gas Leak in US History Means for Demand Response in California this Summer

Rhode Island Hospital: A “Shining Example” of Optimized Demand Response

When electricity prices in New England were on the rise in 2014/2015, Rhode Island Hospital braced for an energy spend they thought would lead a $1 million budget deficit. With demand response and CPower’s energy management team in their corner, the hospital’s actual energy spend was much more favorable. By participating in the ISO New … Continue reading Rhode Island Hospital: A “Shining Example” of Optimized Demand Response

University of Maryland, Baltimore

A commendable effort to reduce energy load and lesson carbon impact. In 2006, the State of Maryland passed legislation which required that energy consumption for all state buildings must be reduced by 5% in 2009 and 10% in 2010. The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) was already ahead of the game; examining efficiency programs to … Continue reading University of Maryland, Baltimore

The City of Danville Finds Success with Demand Response and CPower

AMP Member passes ordinance, increases revenues through energy reduction Hardworking businesses form the backbone of the City of Danville, Virginia. When it comes to overseeing the energy needed to run the city’s economic engine, Danville Utilities—the City of Danville’s electrical department—understands the need to maintain the balance between consumption and conservation. “As a municipal utility, … Continue reading The City of Danville Finds Success with Demand Response and CPower