FAQ - Brooklyn Queens DM

Fast Facts

Program Period: May – September
Program Hours: 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (Block 1) &  8:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. (Block 2)
Dispatch Notification: 2 hours, with stand-by warning provided 21 hours in advance 
Dispatch Duration: Set 4-hour blocks—you can enroll either block, or both

There’s an exciting new opportunity for your business to earn revenue while contributing to New York’s efforts at alleviating stress on an aging electric grid. In the aftermath of 2013’s Hurricane Sandy, state leaders committed to making a cleaner, more diverse, and more reliant energy system. ConEd’s new Brooklyn Queens Demand Management (BQDM) program is part of that commitment and launches in 2017. BQDM leverages innovative energy solutions such as demand response (DR) to increase energy resiliency and meet skyrocketing demand. By participating in EnerNOC’s BQDM DR program, you can be part of New York’s energy solution, and get paid while you’re at it.

What is demand response?

Demand response programs provide a no-risk, no-cost opportunity for commercial, institutional, and industrial organizations to earn money and drive energy savings while helping maintain reliable electricity throughout Con-Ed’s service territory. When ConEd determines that it needs more supply to meet demand, it dispatches EnerNOC’s demand response network, which is made up of local organizations that have agreed to reduce energy during times of high demand. Participants earn recurring capacity payments for agreeing to curtail electricity consumption in response to abnormally high electricity demand and additional energy payments based on their performance during dispatches. EnerNOC’s deep well of market expertise provide the tools and guidance today’s businesses need to maximize their DR earning potential. With EnerNOC, participating in demand response has never been easier.

How does my business benefit?

Maximize payments to your bottom line
EnerNOC manages your participation from start to finish, ensuring you earn the highest possible financial reward, even if there are no dispatches. Since 2003, our customers have earned more than $1B in payments.

Reduce energy costs today
Avoid costly peak demand spikes, track energy usage trends over time, and spot opportunities to better manage energy costs with our real-time energy intelligence software.

Support your community
Your participation helps maintain reliable electricity through-out New York and provides a clean, cost-effective alternative to building new power plants in the community.

How do I participate?

EnerNOC makes participation easy. We take care of the complex details so you can stay focused on running your business.

  1. Our expert team will work with you to identify your energy reduction potential and create a strategy that delivers maximum value with minimum impact on your operations. We outline these measures in a detailed Energy Reduction Plan.
  2. We install necessary metering devices at your facility to establish communication with our Network Operations Center (NOC), so we can monitor your energy consumption levels in real time.
  3. Your site is then enrolled and ready to respond if and when a dispatch begins. Throughout the process, we fully manage enrollment, measurement, verification, and payments on your behalf.
  4. Throughout the process, we fully manage enrollment, measurement, verification, and payments on your behalf.

What can I expect during a dispatch?

When ConEd anticipates the need for support, it dispatches the EnerNOC network into action. EnerNOC will provide day-ahead notification via email, phone, or SMS informing you when the dispatch will begin and how long it will last.

At the start of the dispatch, your facility will reduce its electricity usage according to your pre-determined Energy Reduction Plan—either manually, or automatically through the NOC.

Before, during and after a dispatch, the NOC remains in communication with your facility. Our staff is available 24x7x365, supporting you to ensure that you achieve the highest possible levels of performance and payments.

What types of reductions can I make?

EnerNOC has extensive experience creating reduction strategies that work within the operational limitations of a wide variety of facilities, including cold storage, manufacturers, food processors, universities, malls, office buildings and more. Common reduction examples include:

  • Reduce non-essential lighting
  • Modify manufacturing processes
  • Adjust HVAC equipment
  • Change settings in industrial freezers
  • Use back-up generation (with a NYSDEC Permit)

Our customers find that many energy-intensive processes can simply be shifted by a few hours to facilitate dispatch participation. Ask us about our experience working with customers like you.

Earn More with Less Effort

Boost your DR earnings by dual-enrolling in ConEd’s DLRP program in addition to BQDM.Contact our experts today at contact sales.