Demand Response Evaluation

Can you imagine your utility paying you to use less of its product? It’s called “demand response” (DR) and gives electricity users options to make money while reducing strains on the electric grid. By analyzing your energy data and load profiles, Luthin Associates helps you maximize the value of participating in such programs. and plans workable ways to trim your load so you are well-prepared when called upon to do so.

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We identify project risks and potential revenue in conjunction with using competitive bidding to secure the lowest cost demand response service provider (DRP). Some DRPs try to take 50% (or more) of a customer’s demand response revenue as their fee, but Luthin knows how to negotiate that amount to a level that is rewarding for the facility. On behalf of clients, Luthin issues a Request for Proposals (RFP) that will select among many DRPs. We negotiate the DR contract and apply for financial incentives from your utility and state agencies to reduce implementation costs.

Luthin ensures that the ESCO selected through a competitive process recommends ways to achieve acceptable load reductions or postponements, handle dispatching of on-site generators, and identify solutions that may require engineering support (e.g., new motor controls). In addition, the ESCO selected demonstrates knowledge of the environmental permitting required. Luthin works with the selected ESCO to put a curtailment plan and notification system in place. If necessary, you can call on Luthin to work in tandem with an emissions contract.