The price of electricity skyrockets during periods of peak demand, especially during the summer months when air conditioners run around the clock. If peak demand exceeds the amount of electricity that power plants are able to produce, then additional power plants need to be built to accommodate the excess demand. Over the last several years, Australians have rallied around the notion of ‘beating the peak’ in an effort to delay the need to build new power plants.
To help beat the peak, utilities throughout the region have rolled out Demand Response programs, which pay commercial, institutional, and industrial energy users to use less when demand is spiking. Demand Response (DR) – sometimes referred to as Demand-Side Management (DSM) or Demand-Side Participation (DSP) – is far more cost effective for utilities than building new power plants. For energy users, demand response means more dollars returned to your bottom line.
EnerNOC provides demand response capacity to the South West Interconnected System in Western Australia and TransGrid in Sydney, while helping businesses like yours maximise payments for participating. Demand response is simple: peaking demand triggers a dispatch across the grid. Your business responds by reducing electricity usage for a few hours. You receive a payment from EnerNOC for your participation. Even better, you receive regular payments year-round just for being on-call during normal grid operation.
In addition to payments for participation, you also get access to EnerNOC's real-time energy monitoring software. As a DemandSMART customer, you can log into the EnerNOC portal from anywhere you have a computer, monitor your facilities’ real-time energy usage, and identify opportunities for even greater efficiency and energy savings.
With DemandSMART, you find energy savings for your business and help maintain a reliable, affordable electric grid for Australia. The power you curtail during a dispatch goes into our “virtual power plant,” and becomes an important resource for Australia's grid. Through demand response, the grid can count on our virtual power plant and rely less on carbon-emitting power plants. With EnerNOC, you help ‘beat the peak’ year after year.
Join our network of businesses who are already realizing tens of thousands of dollars each year in energy savings.