DCAS launched the City’s Demand Response (“DR”) Program in 2013 to provide City agencies with the ability to earn revenue by reducing energy usage during periods of peak usage. The revenue is paid by utility companies and New York State’s grid manager, and is part of the energy industry’s increasing use of pricing incentives to add flexibility to energy delivery systems. City agencies can use the earned revenue for building improvements and energy efficiency upgrades. Collectively, the City’s Demand Response Program helps lower emissions; create energy cost savings, especially by lowering demand charges, in addition to generating revenue; increase the reliability of the grid; avoid blackouts and brownouts; and reduces the need to run the least efficient, most polluting backup power plants.
From 2013-2020, City agencies earned total Demand Response Program revenues of more than $85 million. In Summer 2020, 482 facilities across 30 agencies participated in the Demand Response Program, and up to 106.1 MW of load were committed to reduce during peak demand periods. A 106 MW load reduction is equivalent to removing approximately 425 mid-size schools from the grid.
DCAS works with partner agency staff and NuEnergen, our third-party DR vendor, to identify City buildings that are suitable candidates for DR. To be enrolled in the Demand Response Program, City facilities must have curtailable load. In addition, the facility must have real-time meters with communication capabilities. Depending on the facility, DCAS can work with the relevant utility to facilitate necessary metering upgrades.
Log in to the ENERTRAC web and mobile portal to track your agency's Demand Response participation and set customized user alerts.