Enel helps Ontario farm participate in DR initiative with first energy storage plant


EnerNoc, an energy management subsidiary of Enel, has signed an energy storage deal which will enable participation in a statewide demand response programme in Ontario, Canada.

Algoma Orchards, an apple grower, processor and retailer, has selected Enernoc for the installation and operation of a 1MWh lithium-ion behind the meter energy storage system.

EnerNoc will also provide Enel’s DEN.OS energy intelligence software for real time operation of the battery storage system.

The energy intelligence software will enable participation of the storage system in a demand-side management initiative operated by the Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO).

The construction of the energy storage plant is set to begin before the end of second half of 2018. EnerNoc will operate the system and have it participate in IESO’s demand response programme over a period of 11 years.

The project will help Algoma Orchards to reduce energy costs by avoiding heavy energy use during peak periods when costs are high. The system will also enable Algoma Orchards to generate extra revenue by selling its electricity generated onsite to IESO during peak periods.

Francesco Venturini, Head of Enel X, said: “The agreement we have just signed demonstrates the value of deploying flexible energy assets like battery storage systems to drive savings for C&I customers and improve the sustainability and reliability of the electricity grid for all consumers.

“As battery costs continue to decline, we look forward to developing many more projects like the one at Algoma Orchards that leverage our best-in-class DEN.OS optimisation software to deliver savings for customers through tailored commercial offerings.”

Kirk Kemp, President of Algoma Orchards, added: “Algoma Orchards has a long history of implementing environmentally sustainable projects including recycling water from our production facility, collecting rainwater from our roof and the operation of a large scale solar system on our apple picking facility in Newcastle.

“The additional energy storage system is going to assist us in reducing our carbon footprint, something that all of our employees are proud of.”