Eskom sources demand response services from Comverge


Andrew Etzinger,
Senior GM Integrated
Demand Side
Management, Eskom
Johannesburg, South Africa and Norcross, GA, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — January 3, 2012 – South African utility Eskom has selected intelligent energy management solutions provider Comverge to manage its complex supply and demand challenges by creating and co-managing Africa’s first open market for demand response resources.

Under the terms of the approximately $27 million agreement, Comverge will deploy the IntelliSOURCE 2.0 platform for Eskom to register, dispatch and operate a new competitive demand response market in South Africa for an initial 500 MW of demand response resources. In addition, the agreement calls for Comverge to provide at least 100 MW directly as one of the new curtailment service providers (CSPs) serving this newly established market.

“We are excited to launch the Eskom Demand Response Aggregation Pilot Program (DRAPP) to leverage the power of demand response to help ensure greater grid reliability across South Africa,” said Andrew Etzinger, senior general manager Integrated Demand Side Management at Eskom. “With Comverge, we will deliver a comprehensive and very successful program to benefit local companies and help us optimize energy usage.”

The new competitive market for demand response resources should also foster new demand response companies within South Africa.

The terms of the contract are for a pilot program scheduled to run through March 31, 2013. To support the project, Comverge will open a new office in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Eskom, headquartered in Johannesburg, generates, transmits and distributes approximately 95 percent of the electricity used in South Africa and approximately 45 percent of the electricity used in Africa.