US utility pilots DR programme to sustain stability during peak demand

US utility PSEG Long Island plans to implement a demand response programme to stabilise its grid network during peak periods in North Bellmore, New York.

According to a local publication, the utility will equip approximately 8,800 consumers in North Bellmore with smart meters and thermostats to deploy the demand response programme.

Under the programme ‘Super Saver’, PSEG will introduce Time of Use energy tariffs in which the costs of electricity will be high during peak periods and low during off peak periods.

The programme will be deployed over the next two years. The results of the programme will determine whether PSEG Long Island should expand it to some 1.1 million customers.

Tom Falcone, chief executive at PSEG Long Island, said: “What we’re saying is we’d like customers to take us up on offers that save them money, and in turn, they save us money, and we’re sharing that benefit with them.”

Smart meters and demand response

With the smart meters, participating consumers will be able to access their energy usage data after energy 15 minutes via an online portal.

The smart thermostats will enable PSEG Long Island to remotely control air conditioners installed in consumer households.

Meanwhile, Con Edison announced that it will begin installation of smart electric meters in its service territory in Staten Island, New York through to the end of 2018.

The project is part of efforts by Con Edison to improve management of its grid network through the use of smart meter data.

The utility claims the smart meters will help in reducing the occurrence and duration of power outages.

More importantly, the system will improve the company’s revenue collection through accuracy in energy billing compared to traditional analogue electric meters.

The installation of the smart meters follows an announcement of energy savings achieved through Con Edison’s energy efficiency programmes deployed in 2016.

In a press statement, the utility said its energy efficiency measures implemented in 2016 helped reduce consumer energy bills and carbon emissions, as well as improved the utility’s customer services.

In total, the energy provider saved 160, 200-megawatt hours and 266, 500 dekatherms of gas equivalent to removing 23,000 cars off the road. Read more…


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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.