CenTrio’s services are crucial, and the company needs to provide them even and especially at times of peak energy use and high heat, which often happens at the same time. CenTrio reduces load by shutting down chiller equipment for the duration of the event and shifting to greater ice storage usage when necessary to meet the call of demand response.
By working with Enel experts, they found creative opportunities to put in place a plan where any energy reduction has minimal impact on their services – one that Geoff thinks other partners may not have found.
“Enel brings us new opportunities that I think their scale allows them to offer or investigate – opportunities that other companies don’t offer,” Geoff said.
One such way that Enel provided a creative solution was to pair renewables and demand response into the yearly capacity market offering. In order to maintain a balanced offering, all while integrating renewables into the grid, Enel matched wind assets with CenTrio’s demand response offering to offset their winter nomination. This is due to CenTrio’s high summer and low winter nomination due to their operational demand, and wind farms’ inverse relation of producing more energy during the winter. Enel provided the perfect answer to benefit both parties. This innovative solution of pairing wind and demand response seamlessly integrated renewables into the grid while allowing CenTrio to remain a vital demand response participant in the market year-round.