San Jose, Calif., December 16, 2010 – EnergyConnect, Inc., a provider of smart grid demand response services and technologies, extended its demand response contract with the commonwealth of Virginia, which is the largest comprehensive state program in the PJM market.
Participation in the commonwealth’s program ensures advantageous pricing and access to EnergyConnect’s multiple demand response solutions.
More than 75 state organizations are currently enrolled, including hospitals, municipal facilities, prisons and educational campuses, making it the largest comprehensive state program in the PJM market.
The program ultimately benefits all citizens of the commonwealth by reducing the need for electrical utilities to build additional generating plants, transmission and distribution lines.
“Over the past three years, our customers’ active participation has helped improve the reliability of Virginia’s electricity grid, further demonstrating the positive impact that integrated demand response programs like ours can provide,” said Kevin R. Evans, president and CEO of EnergyConnect. “We look forward to continuing our work with the Commonwealth and providing other entities with the opportunity to effectively manage their electricity consumption and make environmental stewardship profitable.”
EnergyConnect customers across the PJM service area achieved significant financial and energy benefits from demand response participation this past summer.
For example, when an event was called on July 7, 2010, one academic institution in Virginia exceeded its commitment to protect the grid and increased its demand response earnings by reducing electricity consumption by 2,000 kW, which is equivalent to the amount of electricity needed to power more than 1,000 homes during peak hours.
There are many approaches facilities can take to reduce energy consumption without adversely affecting operations or occupant comfort levels.
From operating standby generators to adjusting indoor temperatures and lighting levels, EnergyConnect works directly with each participating facility to assess its energy use portfolio and develop non-disruptive ways to reduce energy usage during times of peak demand.
Active participation in demand response programs earns users valuable revenue that can be used to fund other necessary resources, such as facility upgrades and energy efficiency projects.