Consumers Energy extends EnerNOC deal


Under the new terms of the contract, the Massachusetts-based solutions provider is tasked with providing its services to deliver up to 40MW of demand response capacity from the utility’s commercial and industrial consumers.

On the other hand, the power and gas utility serving 6,6 million consumers in Michigan, said it will recruit its customers for participation in the measure designed to ensure grid reliability and provision of power in a cost effective manner.

[quote] The partnership renewal follows the success of last year’s demand response pilot by the two firms.

Garrick Rochow, vice president of Consumers Energy, commented: “Customers who participate in demand response receive direct financial benefits, as well as the satisfaction of helping all energy users by diversifying our region’s resource mix and helping Michigan cost-effectively meet its sustainability objectives, with Michigan resources.”

The energy savings achieved from the project will be directed into the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) market.

The MISO market is a high voltage transmission network covering the Midwest United States, Manitoba (Canada), Arkansas, Mississippi, and Louisiana regions.

The contract also marks EnerNOC’s demand response solution’s first utilisation in the MISO market.

EnerNOC in US energy efficiency

The deal follows the firm’s selection to deploy its energy efficiency solution by the US Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Under the three year programme, the state will use the US based firm’s technology to lower energy consumption and costs in its 420 facilities including universities, administrative buildings, hospitals and courthouses.

Commenting on the signing of the US$5.6m project, Governor Charlie Baker said:  “This innovative program further signals our commitment to using advanced technologies and cutting edge strategies to make state government more efficient, cost-effective and environmentally sound.

“This initiative will ensure that Massachusetts continues to lead the nation in energy efficiency standards and reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” added the governor. [Alabama utility extends energy efficiency project].

The state plans to reduce its carbon emissions by 25% by 2020, states a combined statement.

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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.