27 Jul '11, 12pm

Demand Response Helped in Heat Wave, But Not to the Full Capacity: When triple digit temperatures pushed acros...

Demand Response Helped in Heat Wave, But Not to the Full Capacity: When triple digit temperatures pushed acros...

When triple-digit temperatures pushed across the U.S. last week, the nation’s electric grid was stressed but did not break down. For leading demand response providers like EnerNOC and Comverge, which both delivered about 1,250 megawatts during the heat wave, it was an affirmation of the role that demand response contributes to maintaining reliability. EnerNOC's delivery of 1,230 MW on Friday was a record for the company. Although demand response plays an increasingly important role in different regions of the country, the hot weather showed that there is still great variability in how and to what extent the resource is dispatched. Midwest Independent System Operator says it did not call on demand response at all last week, despite a record 103,975 megawatts used on Wednesday. PJM Interconnection did not use demand response on Thursday, when it hit a record for peak power a...

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