US utility extends DR contract

Entergy Arkansas extended its contract with energy conservation solutions firm Comverge to ensure grid reliability as well as reduce energy consumption and costs.

Under the extended demand response contract, Entergy Arkansas will continue to use Comverge’s technology and services in its programme, Summer Advantage.

The signed demand response contract will be extended through to 2017.

The utility’s DR programme was introduced in 2012 with a target to achieve 15MW of demand response capacity.

However, Entergy Arkansas has expanded the programme to reach a target of up to 35MW of demand response capacity by helping residential consumers to shift heavy energy usage during peak demand periods to when demand is low.

[quote] Comverge will continue to provide Entergy Arkansas with its cloud-based demand response management software (DRMS) IntelliSOURCE. The company’s DRMS simplifies utility’s implementation of DR programmes by automating the management of data and ensure the optimal operation and performance of grid assets.

The DR capacity provider will also provide services including its IntelliMARKET for customer recruitment, IntelliSUPPORT for the administration of the DR programme and IntelliMEASURE for verification of devices.

The DR programme is a measure by Entergy Arkansas to ensure it maintains the reliability of its grid network and avoid to investment in new energy generation projects.

Through the Summer Advantage programme, Entergy Arkansas aims to improve its customer services by ensuring that it continues to provide its customers with affordable electricity. The utility serves 705,000 customers in Arkansas. [Honeywell enters $250m smart meter deal with Entergy].

Demand response contract signing

In the fourth quarter of 2016, Japanese utility Kansai Electric Power Company partnered with Comverge for the rollout of a demand response programme in partnership with facility management firm Kanden Facilities.

Kansai Electric said the project is funded by the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and falls under the Ministry’s efforts to ensure the East Asian state achieves a stable grid by avoiding heavy energy usage during peak demand periods.

The project will focus on helping operators of commercial buildings to reduce their energy usage and costs.

Comverge will deploy its demand response management technology IntelliSOURCE Enterprise into the utility’s grid network to remotely communicate the occurrence of peak periods to facilities registered within the Kanden Facilities network.

KEPCO will use the technology’s application IntelliPeak to remotely order HVAC systems and other appliances in commercial buildings to reduce power consumption during communicated peak demand times.

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Nicholas Nhede is an experienced energy sector writer based in Clarion Event's Cape Town office. He has been writing for Smart Energy International’s print and online media platforms since 2015, on topics including metering, smart grids, renewable energy, the Internet of Things, distributed energy resources and smart cities. Originally from Zimbabwe, Nicholas holds a diploma in Journalism and Communication Studies. Nicholas has a passion for how technology can be used to accelerate the energy transition and combat climate change.