BOSTON, Jan. 8, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- EnerNOC, Inc. (Nasdaq:ENOC), a leading provider of energy intelligence software, today announced that its demand response network has been widely dispatched over the past two days to help alleviate strain on the electric power grid caused by extremely cold temperatures in the United States. On January 6 and 7, EnerNOC commercial, industrial, and institutional customers across 17 states and the District of Columbia reduced electricity consumption to help maintain grid stability, balance transmission needs, and prevent power outages.
The cold temperatures caused by the polar vortex gripping much of the United States have caused exceedingly high demand for electricity in recent days. For example, PJM Interconnection, the grid operator in the mid-Atlantic region of the United States, set a new winter peak last night of over 141,000 megawatts, surpassing the previous record of 136,675 megawatts set in February 2007. Utilizing EnerNOC's DemandSMART TM software, EnerNOC customers in Alabama, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia participated in ten separate dispatches to help grid operators and utilities manage peak demand, and manage other system contingencies.
"This week's frigid conditions and resulting dispatch activity underscore demand response's importance and flexibility as a reliable resource for grid operators and utilities to rely on to maintain security of supply," said Tim Healy, Chairman and CEO of EnerNOC. "Demand response is more well-known for providing capacity during heat waves – but events like these highlight its ability to also deliver during cold snaps and for economic purposes. EnerNOC customers participating in this week's dispatches were able to deliver capacity to the grid when it was needed most and get compensated for the important service they provided."