New York City had more than 8.3 million square feet of office space under construction in 2013

New York turns to French power giant for help

Alstom will supply a demand response management system to Con Edison, the power utility serving New York.

The system will allow Con Edison to efficiently use consumer loads to manage energy supply and demand, with incentives offered to electricity customers to reduce consumption when demand is high or there is stress on the distribution system.

In 2013, with more than 8.3 million square feet of office space under construction, New York City was one of the fastest growing cities in the US. Demand response systems can help utilities optimise the use of their assets and minimise the need to build new infrastructure.

“We needed a robust, open, comprehensive and scalable solution to manage our growing demand response activities and data within a single platform,” explained Con Edison project manger Andre Wellington. “Alstom’s DRMS will help streamline our business processes, and efficiently manage and optimise our growing demand response portfolio.”

Alstom’s e-terraDRBizNet 3.0 DRMS technology integrates residential, commercial and industrial demand response programmes and device technologies; it can be used from small pilot deployments to large industrial-grade applications. The system forecasts available load curtailment capacity.

In some utility installations it has been deployed with the capability to send signals for automatic load control to aggregators or directly to devices such as air conditioners or water heaters.

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