Boston, March 17, 2010 – EnerNOC, Inc., a provider of clean and intelligent energy management applications and services, announced that the executive branch facilities of the State of Maine have joined its DemandSMART network.
In the first wave of enrollment which includes six different facilities across Maine that signed up last November and December, the state will be able to reduce enough demand from the grid during peak periods to power the equivalent of thousands of households.
Demand response programs pay electricity users in exchange for agreeing to reduce demand on the electric grid during urgent periods, such as peak usage or high energy prices. This also helps stabilize electricity resources throughout the region and keep rates affordable.
When the region’s electricity grid is under stress, the New England electric grid operator will send a signal to EnerNOC, which will in turn dispatch its network of participating sites.
Businesses and organizations in EnerNOC’s DemandSMART network respond by reducing electricity demand in a variety of ways, many of which are virtually unnoticeable to workers and visitors on a short-term, emergency basis.
The state’s west campus in Augusta, for example, expects to reduce more than 200 kilowatts of electricity for a limited period of time, in part by adjusting temperature and chilled water set points a few degrees in four administrative buildings.
The west campus and several correctional facilities across the state are among the buildings already enrolled. Maine currently expects to see about $74,000 in payments annually and $184,000 over the life of the current agreement.
EnerNOC, which has more than 6,500 commercial, institutional, and industrial sites in its demand response network, has deep experience working with state and local governments, such as the States of New Mexico, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, the City of Boston, and Suffolk County, New York, among others.
EnerNOC was selected in Maine through a competitive, advertised process. More state facilities in Maine beyond those in the current group will be added to the program over time.