CPower’s Utility Team
Since 2014, CPower has helped many North American utilities successfully manage and facilitate demand response programs in regulated and deregulated markets.
Public utilities face a continuous challenge to balance resources, the regulatory climate, consumer needs, the needs of the grid, and increasing market complexity. As the energy markets enter into a new era of fossil generation reduction, renewable proliferation, and consumer choice, the burden of developing, implementing, and managing incentive-based demand response (DR) programs that offset the carbon footprint and high energy costs sits more frequently, and squarely, on the shoulders of utilities. While these DR programs fulfill a singular and vitally important purpose, it is difficult to operationalize a demand management program successfully while simultaneously addressing the litany of competing priorities.
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Utility Demand Response Programs around the country
Let us now take a look at a few utility-offered demand response programs in regulated territories.
Arizona Public Service (APS) Peak Solutions
Launched in 2010, the APS program engages commercial and industrial customers in voluntary energy conservation measures when demand for energy peaks on APS’ system. The program helps maintain reliable, lower-cost power for all customers.
Montana-Dakota’s Commercial Demand Response Program
MDU’s demand response resources (DRR) program is an electric load response program offered to Montana-Dakota’s electric commercial and industrial customers in the states of Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota. It provides businesses the opportunity to earn revenue by agreeing to reduce electricity use in response to market conditions when called on by Montana-Dakota.