Tapping the Power of Demand Response
Demand response programs from utilities offer cash rebates to customers who willingly reduce their on-grid energy use during peak times or during times when energy prices are exceptionally high. A demand response program allows utilities to manage volatility in energy prices, and the savings are passed on to customers.
These utility rebates can provide badly needed capital, but in many enterprises, including manufacturing, healthcare and government facilities, simply turning off the power is impossible. Ameresco’s team of energy efficiency and renewable energy specialists can find ways for facilities to reduce overall energy use, create energy demand response protocols that route power only to essential systems or develop on-site generation that reduces the overall need for grid power. Automated demand response systems offer the greatest control, allowing customers to automatically or remotely manage energy consumption at times of peak demand.
Portsmouth Naval Shipyard
The installation of backup power systems allowed this military base to maintain operations, even when asked to disconnect from the grid by Central Maine Power.