- Demand response provider Alstom has delivered its management system to Con Edison, bringing its service to 3.3 million in New York as a part of the Smart Grid Demonstration Program funded by the Department of Energy.
- The product is based on Alstom’s e-terra DRBizNet 3.0, and provides utilities the ability to compensate energy flow and optimize existing assets. It can manage groups of aggregators and their resources, and Alstom said it will enable Con Edison to reduce load within targeted overloaded areas.
- Alstom's demand response technology also provides the utility with advanced performance and settlement capabilities, measuring groups of aggregator resources’ performance and automatically applying the current tariff rules to calculate the payment for participating load reduction.
Andre Wellington, the project manager from Con Edison, said the new system "enables us to move more quickly ... We anticipate fewer outages through increased network reliability and uptimes with [demand response's] availability."
Wellington also said Con Edison expects the new demand response portal for enrollment and performance reporting "will make it easy for our aggregators and customers to enroll and manage their DR resources, participate in events, and monitor their performance."
Alstom's systems forecasts available load curtailment capacity and have been deployed with the capability to send signals for automatic load control to aggregators or directly to devices such as air conditioners or water heaters. It then calculates customers’ normal electricity usage as a baseline, and then compares actual reduced usage to measure performance.
"Our DRMS manages the largest demand response portfolio in the world. With this delivery to Con Edison we’re not only providing a tool for customers to optimize their existing assets and streamline their business processes, we’re delivering on-time against aggressive schedules thanks to our mature off-the-shelf solution,” said Karim El Naggar, Vice President of Alstom grid’s network management solutions.