Demand response sometimes gets a bad name in terms of its reliability, but this successful performance demonstrates just how reliable www.ecsgrid.com [demand response] resources can be given the proper program design and program framework. Demand response should be treated on par with generation and supply resources.
San Francisco, CA (Vocus) September 24, 2008
In the first emergency reduction event of the summer called under its contract with Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), Energy Curtailment Specialists, Inc. (ECS), the largest privately held demand response company in the country, successfully performed 100% of their contracted load for Summer 2008 participation.
On August 14, 2008, ECS' customers performed successfully, allowing ECS to fulfill their contractual commitment for the month of August. During the event, customers were asked to shut down their electricity usage for a two hour period in order to relieve stress from the grid. In turn, the participants will be paid based on their electricity reduction that will be measured against a baseline over the 10 days prior to the event.
"ECS has proven itself in PG&E and we are pleased with how successful we have been not only in enrolling hundreds of companies in the program, but ensuring that those customers actually perform when called upon," said Stephen Lynch, Principal and co-founder of ECS. "PowerPay! California, ECS' program brand name, is a program that is good for everyone involved: the participating business that earns significant money; the utility which has a more stable grid to supply load to its customers; and the community for helping to avoid blackouts, reducing energy costs and enjoying a positive impact on the environment by reducing carbon emissions."
Customers received a day-ahead notification of the event and responded by reducing electricity usage such as shutting off lights, shifting production, and pre-cooling air conditioning. To sum up the significance of the 100% performance Lynch said, "Demand response sometimes gets a bad name in terms of its reliability, but this successful performance demonstrates just how reliable demand response resources can be given the proper program design and program framework. Demand response should be treated on par with generation and supply resources."
About Energy Curtailment Specialists, Inc.
ECS offers turnkey, administrative and a la carte demand response services. Energy Curtailment Specialists is currently serving markets in all of New York, California, New England, Kansas City, PJM territories and Ontario, Canada. For more information, call 877-711-5453 or visit them on the web at http://www.ecsgrid.com .
Communications Specialist, ECS
tpenner @ ecsgrid.com
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