As utilities across the world struggle to lower peak demand in order to save money, vendors who can aggregate demand response solutions and deliver reduced demand to the utility are winning contracts.
Today, Enel X said it has signed an agreement with Ameren Missouri to deliver 100 MW of demand response resources from the utility’s commercial and industrial (C&I) customers for the 2019 – 2021 program period, with delivery periods running May-September each year, to combat summer peak loads.
Under the terms of the agreement, Enel X will manage Ameren Missouri’s entire C&I demand response portfolio. It will recruit participants from different industrial sectors in the utility’s territory and manage the portfolio of C&I demand response resources. Participants can enroll in Ameren Missouri’s demand response program by contacting Enel X directly.
Customers participating in the C&I demand response program can earn payments for committing to reduce their electricity consumption temporarily when demand on the system is highest.
Enel X will fully manage Ameren’s portfolio of C&I customers participating in the demand response program, optimizing each customer’s participation and maximizing their financial return, the company said.
“Over the last year, we have worked hand-in-hand with Enel X to leverage their deep experience in C&I demand response to hone our program design and ensure we develop robust, reliable and cost-effective C&I demand response resources that drive the highest levels of customer satisfaction,” said Bill Davis, Director of Energy Efficiency and Renewables at Ameren Missouri.
“This demand response program will provide C&I customers with tangible economic benefits, as well as provide broader benefits to the electric grid, our state and the environment.”