What is Demand Response?
Why is Demand Response becoming more important?
The growing weight of inherently volatile renewable energy sources in the supply mix means these programs are of increasing importance. Until recently, grid operators could rely on traditional power stations to balance supply and demand.
However, the climate crisis and the resulting need to decarbonize the economy mean that by 2050 79% of energy produced is expected to come from renewables. On top of that, global demand for electricity will rise an estimated 60% by 2040.
Demand Response is an opportunity
How to take part in a DR program
How Demand Response works
When the utility or grid operator anticipates the need for support, it sends a signal to its Demand Response providers and we then inform our clients when the dispatch will begin and how long it will last. This is typically anything between fifteen minutes and four hours. The facility involved then reduces its consumption in line with the pre-determined management plan, which can be implemented manually on-site or automatically, with the help of our Network Operations Center.
We stay in contact with customers before, during and after the dispatch to ensure they receive the highest payments, while our software also allows them to monitor events themselves.
Leading the way in Demand Response
Enel X is a global leader in Demand Response, with more than 6.3 GW of curtailable load worldwide and a market share of about 12%. We enable industrial and commercial businesses to monetize the flexibility of their energy assets and to use power in a highly efficient and remunerative way, while decarbonizing. Any facility that can reduce demand by at least 100 kW of electricity is a good candidate to take part in a program.
We have invested more than $200 million in cutting-edge technology. Our state-of-the-art Network Operations Center in Dublin is our Demand Response command hub, and it’s available to support our customers “24/7” (i.e. 24 hours a day, seven days a week, all year round).
We currently manage streaming data from more than 15,000 sites taking part in over 50 programs in 15 countries around the world. We also offer the solidity and reputation that comes with being part of the Enel Group, with more than 70 million end-users and over 50 years of experience in the energy industry.
A Demand Response partnership with Enel X means customers get paid for being flexible in their power consumption, while contributing to grid stability and decarbonizing. While we do the heavy lifting, clients get the cost savings and new revenue.