February 6, 2017
National Grid’s electricity business customers in Massachusetts and Rhode Island can now earn up to $3,500 and become more energy efficient by participating in an innovative pilot the company launched in late January. The two-year program could save enough energy to power more than 20,000 homes -- roughly the size of the town of Medford, Mass. or East Providence, RI.
“We are pleased to offer this innovative program that will give customers the technology and information they need to make more informed choices about energy-efficiency,” said Carlos Nouel, vice president of New Energy Solutions for National Grid. “National Grid hopes to demonstrate that this program and others like it are cost-effective game changers that will revolutionize how customers and business use and budget for their energy.”
The pilot, more commonly known as a demand response program, offers financial incentives to qualified participating businesses for reducing electricity consumption during times when demand for electricity is at its highest. National Grid has teamed up with CPower, Enernoc and IPKeys - to administer the program.
These companies will ask participating customers to reduce electric use for at least 20 hours over the summer, typically in one-to-four hour increments. Participating businesses are eligible to receive up to $35 for every kilowatt-hour curtailed during these reduction periods.
Though this is the first commercial demand response pilot launched by National Grid, this is not the company’s first demand response program that has been tested on the electricity distribution system. Most recently, the company was granted an interim extension by the Department of Public Utilities for its residential demand response pilot “Smart Energy Solutions.” Under that program, nearly 15,000 customers in Worcester, MA were able to save $16 per month on their monthly bills by reducing electricity use during times of peak energy use.
Commercial and industrial customers who are interested in National Grid’s new program can learn more by visiting National Grid’s website.
Statements of Support:
CPower: As a leading energy management company with over 15 years of demand response experience in New England and nationwide, CPower is well positioned to provide National Grid with the demand side resources required to meet the region's aggressive energy management goals," said Glenn Bogarde, Senior Vice President, CPower. "Large energy users who register to participate in this new incentivized program now have the opportunity to mitigate high capacity prices and reduce their electricity costs in 2017 and beyond while simultaneously supporting grid reliability.”
EnerNOC: “As the global leader in demand response with our headquarters here in Massachusetts, we’re excited to work with National Grid to increase grid reliability, reduce reliance on fossil fuels, and help to manage energy costs throughout the region,” said Tim Healy, Chairman and CEO, EnerNOC. “Participating businesses can feel good about being part of Massachusetts’ energy solution and getting paid while they are at it.”
IPKeys: “We are pleased to have the opportunity to serve National Grid and its customers in this important and innovative program that will help to reduce costs and defer expensive investment in utility infrastructure by meeting summer peaks with load reduction,” said Robert Nawy, Managing Director & CFO, IPKeys. “Deploying our secure AutoDR technology in a broad range of facilities, from schools and office buildings to industrial plants, has the potential to increase participation levels and assure performance when the demand reduction is most needed.” Mr. Nawy is a board member of the OpenADR Alliance and advocate of the use of a secure open-standards approach to the deployment of Smart Grid infrastructure and DR programs.
About National Grid
National Grid (LSE: NG; NYSE: NGG) is an electricity and natural gas delivery company that connects nearly 7 million customers to vital energy sources through its networks in New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. It is the largest distributor of natural gas in the Northeast. National Grid also operates the systems that deliver gas and electricity across Great Britain. Through its U.S. Connect21 strategy, National Grid is transforming its electricity and natural gas networks to support the 21st century digital economy with smarter, cleaner, and more resilient energy solutions. Connect21 is vital to our communities' long-term economic and environmental health and aligns with regulatory initiatives in New York (REV: Reforming the Energy Vision) and Massachusetts (Grid Modernization). For more information please visit our website, follow us on Twitter, watch us on YouTube, friend us on Facebook, or find our photos on Instagram.
CPower is an energy management company. We create optimized energy management strategies that help businesses streamline their energy usage, offset costs through demand response participation and reach their sustainability goals. CPower is a leading provider of demand side management services to commercial and industrial customers across the U.S. with 25+ years of knowledge and experience in helping customers implement intelligent energy management programs. For more information, check CPower out on Twitter, LinkedIn, or our website at www.CPowerEnergyManagement.com.
EnerNOC is a leading provider of energy intelligence software (EIS) and demand response solutions. With capabilities to better address budgets and procurement, utility bill management, facility analysis and optimization, sustainability and reporting, project tracking, and demand management, EnerNOC's SaaS platform helps enterprises control energy costs, mitigate risk, and streamline compliance and sustainability reporting. EnerNOC also offers access to more demand response programs worldwide than any other provider, offering enterprises a valuable payment stream to further enhance bottom line results and utilities and grid operators a reliable, cost-effective demand-side resource. For more information, visit www.enernoc.com.
IPKeys Power Partners, LLC, is a leading energy solutions provider of Demand Response resources, AutoDR technology, and Integrated Demand Response and Demand Management programs across the United States. For over ten years, IPKeys Power Partners has enabled electric utility customers to participate securely and reliably in a range of energy programs. The company offers include advanced metering with web-based reporting and its OpenADR 2.0b-certified EISS Automated Demand Response solutions. IPKeys Power Partners provides engineering audits, controls and automation, and secure networks on a turn-key basis for customers who want to partially or fully automate their DR and demand management strategies. IPKeys, a diverse minority-woman owned company, is a strategic partner in the Energy, DoD, Federal, and Commercial sectors, delivering expertise in the development, integration, and deployment of Internet Protocol (“IP”) technology and communications systems. Incorporated in March 2005, IPKeys is headquartered at Eatontown, New Jersey and has offices in California, Illinois, Maryland, and Virginia.