Bill Opalka of EnergyBiz reports:
A COLD SNAP IN FEBRUARY last year in Texas saw more than 1,000 megawatts of resources respond within minutes when a blackout appeared imminent. In July in New York, the system operator called on 2,000 megawatts of demand response resources to curtail load during an oppressive heat wave.
In this model – perhaps it can be called Demand Response 2.0 – a large commercial or industrial user would tap into its own on-site generation instead of curtailing use and disrupting operations. Call it a peaker at the plant, if you will.
Tangent Energy Solutions, which is employing this model in the Northeast, said it would assume all the risk by building, owning and operating the power plant, perhaps a solar array or a small gas-fired turbine. It said its plan causes less disruption for the customer.
“It’s a back-to-the future model centering on the customer,” said Dean Musser, the president and CEO of Tangent. Musser founded demand response firm Enerwise, which was acquired by Comverge.
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