Constellation Makes Demand Response Deals in Canada

Constellation Energy announced that its subsidiary, Constellation NewEnergy, is offering its NewResponse demand response program to commercial, industrial and governmental electricity customers in Ontario, Canada. As a member of the Ontario Power Authority’s (OPA) Demand Response 3 Program (DR3), Constellation NewEnergy has agreed to provide 25 megawatts (MW) of demand response capacity, to reduce energy use during times of peak demand.

The OPA will compensate Constellation NewEnergy’s customers who reduce energy use by shedding load or turning to on-site generation for a specific period of time when called upon. Demand response technology stands to benefit the renewable energy industries by helping to bring power from grid connected projects to the markets where it is most needed during peak periods, as well as promoting smaller renewable systems to be used for peak shedding.

“Enrolling in a demand response program is a smart business decision that delivers an immediate return on investment,” said Peter Kelly-Detwiler, Senior VP for Constellation NewEnergy. “The benefits of participating in the OPA DR3 program are twofold: alleviating pressure on the grid and providing revenue that customers may choose to invest in additional energy efficiency and environmental programs.”