16 Nov '11, 3pm

Constellation Energy, Marriott and the Changing Face of Demand Response via @greentechmedia

Constellation Energy, Marriott and the Changing Face of Demand Response via @greentechmedia

Here’s a new demand response deal that shows just how complicated the business of turning down power use to balance the grid and save money is becoming. Constellation Energy and Marriott International just announced a project aimed at delivering 23 megawatts of controllable load across 264 hotel properties in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Texas and California. That’s not a huge deal for the demand response industry in megawatt terms. Big DR provider EnerNOC has nearly 7,000 megawatts under management, and Constellation has about 4,400 megawatts. Still, the project is an interesting demonstration of just how many different ways there are to tap that power, and to what different ends. Marriott isn’t a newcomer to demand response -- Douglas Rath, the company’s energy director for North America, said it has been doing old-fashioned, manual-style DR for more than a decade. But t...

Full article: http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/constellation...

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