Enel Group’s Enel X has signed an agreement with Ameren Missouri, to set up and operate a 100MW of demand response portfolio based on resources made available by the utility’s commercial and industrial customers.
The demand response program is expected to be launched in May 2019 with the aim to reduce peak demand in the region. It will provided for the 2019 – 2021 program period, with delivery periods running May-September each year.
Under the agreement, Enel X is expected to manage Ameren Missouri’s entire C&I demand response portfolio, helping to reduce demand on the grid during peak load times.
Enel X North America head Michael Storch said: “With this agreement, Enel X will deliver a turnkey demand response solution for Ameren Missouri, providing its C&I customers with new revenue streams and reduced energy costs by optimizing usage during periods of peak demand.
“This partnership is a testament to our position as a leader in demand response and we look forward to supporting Ameren Missouri’s commitment to providing customers with more choices, control and greater flexibility in their energy use.”
Enel X said that in partnership with Ameren Missouri, it will recruit participants from different industrial sectors in the utility’s territory and manage the portfolio of C&I demand response resources.
The partnership is aimed to reduce the peak demand across distribution network and provide additional resources to the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) transmission system.
The company said that Ameren Missouri also offers financial incentives to C&I customers for energy efficiency projects through its BizSavers Program.
Customers participating in the C&I demand response program are offered payments for committing to reduce their electricity consumption temporarily when demand on the system is highest.
Ameren Missouri renewables and energy efficiency director Bill Davis said: “Over the last year, we have worked hand-in-hand with Enel X to leverage their deep experience in C&I demand response to hone our program design and ensure we develop robust, reliable and cost-effective C&I demand response resources that drive the highest levels of customer satisfaction.
“This demand response program will provide C&I customers with tangible economic benefits, as well as provide broader benefits to the electric grid, our state and the environment.”