EnerNOC, Inc., a leading provider of energy management applications for the smart grid, today announced that the ancillary services program it has spearheaded in New Zealand with its grid operator and utility partners has been recognized for its success by the US-based Peak Load Management Alliance (PLMA). EnerNOC, along with New Zealand-based Transpower, Meridian Energy, and Genesis Energy, delivers Interruptible Load (IL) in New Zealand’s Instantaneous Reserves Market. EnerNOC and its partners received the PLMA Award for Outstanding Program Achievement at PLMA’s Spring Conference inNew York City on May 23rd.
EnerNOC offers over 120 MW of interruptible load to the Instantaneous Reserves Market in New Zealand’s North Island, and is currently expanding into the South Island. Instantaneous Reserves are used to manage the frequency recovery on the grid after an under-frequency event. The IL program has added new reserves to provide fast response to grid-level disturbances as well as diversity in capacity sources, both of which enhance grid reliability. This new resource will enable even more renewable generation to be cost-effectively and reliably integrated into the New Zealand grid throughout the next decade.
EnerNOC’s three project partners—Transpower, Meridian Energy, and Genesis Energy—each provide unique value in the aggregation of demand response capacity acrossNew Zealand’s grid. Their participation has been instrumental to the program’s success. As the system operator, Transpower encouraged the entry of an aggregator into the market. Meridian Energy’s trading desk helps facilitate EnerNOC’s market offers, and Genesis Energy’s wholesale trading group participates by purchasing a fixed volume of IL capacity.
To provide reserve capacity, EnerNOC has contracted a robust, diverse portfolio of energy users from industries such as manufacturing, food processing, and cold storage. These users are paid based upon the load reduction they can provide, and when an under-frequency dispatch is triggered, this load is instantaneously removed from the grid. This innovative automated demand response (AutoDR) resource offers benefits over traditional generation sources. For example, EnerNOC’s AutoDR participants may be restored in a staggered fashion, which limits the further stress on the grid that would occur if they were all to come back online at once.
The project is an example of the innovation and collaboration required to deliver ancillary services for smart grids. “The collective effort of EnerNOC and the honorees has enabledNew Zealand’s electricity consumers to be paid to help maintain a reliable and highly renewable electricity supply system,” said Tim Healy, Chairman and CEO of EnerNOC. “EnerNOC is proud to see our program being recognized for its contribution to expandingNew Zealand’s renewable energy resources and the stability of the electric grid.”
EnerNOC (enernoc.com) unlocks the full value of energy management for our utility and commercial, institutional, and industrial (C&I) customers by reducing real-time demand for electricity, increasing energy efficiency, improving energy supply transparency in competitive markets, and mitigating emissions. We accomplish this by delivering world-class energy management applications including DemandSMART™, comprehensive demand response; EfficiencySMART™, continuous energy savings; SupplySMART™, energy price and risk management; and CarbonSMART™, enterprise carbon management. Our Network Operations Center (NOC) continuously supports these applications across thousands of C&I customer sites throughout the world. Working with more than 100 utilities and grid operators globally, we deliver energy, ancillary services, and carbon mitigation resources that provide cost-effective alternatives to investments in traditional power generation, transmission, and distribution.
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