As demand response programs have increased throughout the United States, United States Cold Storage has continued to enroll in new programs. Jim Duffy, Regional Chief Engineer for United States Cold Storage’s central region, said Enel’s team has been very comprehensive in keeping them on top of all possible opportunities.
“Enel is very knowledgeable in the programs that are available. They’ve really helped us maximize our savings – they do a really good job of keeping us on our toes.”
Recently, two warehouses in Illinois joined a “fast” demand response program called the Synchronized Reserve Market (SRM). SRM supports the PJM electric grid during unexpected system disruptions that only last for a short period of time, such as unplanned generator outages or spikes in energy demand. SRM events last 9 minutes on average, and no more than 30.
These sudden disruptions to the grid require participating sites reduce their demand from the grid within 10 minutes of being notified. In return, participants can earn significant payments for helping to stabilize the grid during these critical periods.
These two Illinois facilities already participated in some demand response, but Duffy said they decided to enroll in Synchronized Reserves when they saw the large earnings potential.