Austin Energy Selects EnerNOC To Help Expand Power Saver Load Co-op Demand Response Program

BOSTON, Nov. 20, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- EnerNOC, Inc. (Nasdaq:ENOC), a leading provider of energy intelligence software, announced that Austin Energy has engaged EnerNOC to help expand the utility's Power Saver™ Load Co-op demand response program, with a focus on developing a plan for the implementation of automated demand response (AutoDR) utilizing the OpenADR 2.0 standard. Austin Energy is the nation's eighth largest community-owned electric utility and serves a population of almost one million in Austin and surrounding Texas counties.

"There is enormous potential to reduce peak energy use in the commercial sector through demand response programs," said Larry Weis, Austin Energy General Manager. "We want to have as many as 500 facilities reducing up to 50 megawatts of peak demand in our Load Co-op program by 2020."

"Our partnership with Austin Energy highlights EnerNOC's capabilities to help a utility extract maximum value out of its demand response initiatives by bringing the combined experience and best practices of more than a decade of experience, and work with hundreds of utilities and grid operators around the world," said Tim Healy, Chairman and CEO of EnerNOC.

The EnerNOC Utility Solutions team is advising and supporting Austin Energy in developing its Load Co-op program through several specific strategies, including:
  • Assisting the utility's account representatives to effectively target, recruit, and engage best-fit commercial customers in the program through EnerNOC's cross-industry engineering and energy management services.
  • Helping the utility's customers develop load reduction plans and providing them with post-event performance coaching.
  • Supporting the utility in introducing AutoDR technologies to the program to help customers realize the full benefits of program participation with minimal impact on customer operations.

Between 1982 and 2006, Austin Energy offset 700 megawatts of demand through energy conservation initiatives. The Load Co-op demand response program will help Austin Energy attain its goal to offset an additional 800 megawatts between 2007 and 2020, and take advantage of emerging technologies such as AutoDR as it makes progress toward this goal.

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