CPS Energy to implement demand response services


San Antonio, TX and Atlanta, GA,  U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — May 28, 2010 – The United States’ largest municipally-owned electric utility CPS Energy is to implement demand response services through a two-year contract with energy efficiency and demand response company Servidyne Inc.

Servidyne’s Fifth Fuel Management(TM) team will partner with CPS Energy’s account executives and program managers to implement the demand response program, and will help educate and prepare the utility’s end-use customers to participate in the voluntary energy curtailment program. Work will commence this month with initial on-site energy audits at customer facilities to identify and prioritize available demand response opportunities.
CPS Energy’s demand response program is part of the utility’s Save for Tomorrow Energy Plan (STEP), which has a goal to reduce growth in demand by 771 MW by 2020.
During the demand response season (June 1 to September 30), each participating CPS Energy customer will be compensated for modifying usage of energy consuming building assets during peak energy events, when called upon by the utility to temporarily reduce electric consumption. At least 20 to 25 CPS Energy customers are expected to participate in the program each year.
“As more of our customers become aware of the potential cost savings and benefits of this program, we anticipate that the number of participating customer facilities will grow substantially,” said Bruce Evans, director, customer solutions delivery at CPS Energy. “We are confident in Servidyne’s ability to mobilize to meet the needs of these additional customers and to help us meet our stated load reduction objectives.”
Servidyne’s Fifth Fuel Management is designed to provide technology enabled real time demand response capabilities to operators of large, complex buildings, like office towers, manufacturing facilities, hospitals, universities and hotels.