CPower’s New England Team
CPower helps organizations in New England (ME, VT, NH, MA, RI, CT) participate in the ISO-NE’s Forward Capacity Market, through which the ISO procures the required capacity they think they will need years in advance of the delivery year when the energy will actually be used.
About the New England Market
ISO-NE operates the Forward Capacity Market (FCM), which ensures that the New England power system procures sufficient resources to meet the future demand for electricity.
Forward Capacity Auctions (FCAs) are held annually, three years in advance of the operating period. Resources compete in the auctions to obtain a commitment to supply capacity in exchange for a market-priced capacity payment.
PJM also conducts three Incremental Auctions (IA). IAs take place once a year and allow PJM to adjust their load forecast. They also allow other market participants to buy and sell capacity as needed.
Once an RPM commitment has cleared any one of the four auctions, the market participant is then obligated to deliver that capacity on June 1 of the designated delivery year.
Demand Response Programs in New England
ISO-NE and NE Electric Utilities offer the following demand response programs:
Active Demand Capacity Resource (ADCR) is a demand response program in which participating loads are dispatched when wholesale electricity prices in New England are exceptionally high and blackouts are imminent.
Launched in June 2018 as part of ISO-NE’s price-responsive demand construct, ADCR replaced the Real-Time Demand Response Program (RTDR). ADCR is a 30-minute notice program.
Utility Demand Response Program: Connected Solutions
National Grid, Eversource, Cape Light Compact, Unitil, and Liberty utilities are working to lower the amount of total energy our community uses during the summer months when demand for electricity on the grid is at its highest (peak demand).
To help keep their grids healthy and reliable, these utilities offer the Connected Solutions demand response program that pays businesses to use less energy during peak demand periods.
Peak Demand Management in New England
Each year when the grid sets its yearly peak, every organization in New England is assessed a Capacity Tag value based on the amount of electricity the organization was consuming during the assessment period.
Peak Demand Management involves an organization reducing its electrical consumption when Capacity Tag values are assessed by the grid, thereby lowering the organization’s capacity charges the following year.
Some New England utilities offer additional payments for reducing load during these peak hours, allowing customers to execute one strategy to earn revenue while saving on capacity charges through peak management.
Passive [On-Peak] Demand Response rewards participating organizations for making permanent load reductions.
Unlike active resources, On-Peak resources are passive, non-dispatchable, and only participate in ISO-NE’s Forward Capacity Market. Eligible behind-the-meter resources include solar, fuel cells, cogeneration systems, combined heat and power systems (CHP), and more.
Passive Demand Response participants offer their reduced electricity consumption into the market during both the summer and winter peak hours.
Utility Demand Response Program: Daily Dispatch Demand Response
To help further reduce peaks on their distribution systems, New England utilities National Grid, Eversource, and Unitil have introduced a new demand response program called Daily Dispatch.
Daily Dispatch is designed to allow energy storage (batteries, thermal storage) to participate because of its ability to be dispatched frequently and quickly in response to rising peaks.
The Daily Dispatch program runs during the summer from June through September. The program is intended to be dispatched (as the name suggests) daily with anywhere from 30-60 events each year during the hot months of July and August. Each event is expected to last about two to three hours.