Commercial Customers Like New Conservation Option

Commercial Customers Like New Conservation Option

Nashville, Tenn. – Purity Dairies, along with 7 other “energy conscious” organizations, are partnering with Nashville Electric Service on TVA’s new Demand Response program for commercial customers.

The program will help TVA reduce the growth in peak power demand by up to 1,400 megawatts – about the amount of power it currently takes to serve all the homes in a city the size of Nashville—by the end of 2012.

The Demand Response program reduces non-essential power usage during peak times, typically 6-8 a.m. during the winter and 4-8 p.m. in the summer. During a demand response event, participants agree to reduce their electric consumption through measures such as dimming lights, reducing air conditioning/heating, and limiting the use of manufacturing equipment. Events usually occur during periods of high peak demand due to extreme temperatures outside. Commercial customers who choose to participate receive a “capacity payment” every month and an “energy payment” when an event occurs.

“Everyone benefits with Demand Response,” says Jim Purcell, NES Energy Services Manager. “The customer saves energy and gets paid for participating and TVA doesn’t have to buy more power or build new plants.”

NES participating customers include:

  • Associated Wholesale Grocers
  • Madison Suburban Utility District
  • Metal Management
  • Purity Dairies
  • Springs Global
  • The Tennessean
  • Vulcan Materials

The Tennessee Valley Authority partnered with EnerNOC (NASD: ENOC), a leading developer and provider of clean and intelligent energy solutions, to implement the Demand Response program.

Call NES Energy Services at 615-747-3775 to learn more about Demand Response for your organization.