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US utility Ameren Missouri has signed an exclusive agreement with Enel X to implement a demand response programme based on customer-supplied resources.

The programme, set to commence in May 2019, is set to deliver 100MW of demand response capacity from the utility’s commercial and industrial (C&I) customers for the 2019-2021 period, with delivery periods running May-September each year.

Ameren Missouri’s service area covers 64 counties and more than 500 communities, including the greater St. Louis area, with a total customer base in excess of 1.2 million.

Under the terms of the agreement, Enel X will exclusively manage Ameren Missouri’s entire C&I demand response portfolio, helping to reduce demand on the grid during peak load times.

“With this agreement, Enel X will deliver a turnkey demand response solution for Ameren Missouri, providing its C&I customers with new revenue streams and reduced energy costs by optimizing usage during periods of peak demand,” said Michael Storch, head of Enel X in North America. 

“This partnership is a testament to our position as a leader in demand response and we look forward to supporting Ameren Missouri’s commitment to providing customers with more choices, control and greater flexibility in their energy use.”

The utility will recruit participants from different industrial sectors in the utility’s territory and manage the portfolio of C&I demand response resources, helping to reduce peak demand across Ameren’s distribution network and provide additional resources to the transmission system.

Customers participating in the C&I demand response program can earn payments for committing to reduce their electricity consumption temporarily when demand on the system is highest. During a demand response dispatch, Enel X’s customer platform, available from PC and mobile devices, allows participants to monitor their consumption in real-time and view earnings in detail wherever they are.

Bill Davis, director of energy efficiency and renewables at Ameren Missouri said: “This demand response program will provide C&I customers with tangible economic benefits, as well as provide broader benefits to the electric grid, our state and the environment.”