Demand Control Solutions...a little goes a very long way...

Demand Control solutions can play a useful role in Energy Management, allowing facility and operations managers to monitor their energy usage during peak periods.  It is a key part of any demand response program.

Demand Control solutions can play a useful role in Energy Management, allowing facility and operations managers to monitor their energy usage during peak periods.  It is a key part of any demand response program.

An Overlooked Low-Hanging Fruit

With today’s rising electrical cost, businesses are being penalized for high electrical loads during utility peak demand times. It often pays significant financial dividends to shift electrical usage away from those peak demand times, and part of your organization's Energy Management strategy should include an assessment of Demand Control opportunities in the area of demand side management.

Demand control implementations generally take two routes - indirect and direct.  An indirect solution uses PLC metering technology to count "pulses" on the utility's meter, in effect piggy-backing on the utility meter's counting.  A direct solution, on the other hand, uses a CT/PT meter installation to directly measure energy usage, and its reporting is synced to the utility meters' interval.  In both cases, a programmed alert will trigger either an automated or manual response for action.   

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Initial costs for direct metering are approximately 30% more than that of an indirect metering installation, depending on the specific installation.  Direct metering, however, provides a solution with greater flexibility to measure other phenomenon in a facility's electrical system.  The ability to measure your electrical system's power quality, detect transients, etc., create a more detailed picture of that system's overall health.  The extra cost of a direct metering solution then becomes insignificant to the potential benefits gained in the long run.

Most Facility Energy Assessments are able to evaluate the need for and benefits of Demand Control in general terms for any facility.  We can help you with strategies to minimize your peak demand usage and lower costs through power monitoring equipment, demand control systems, and Energy Management programs.

Worried about the Capacity Costs Increase in Northern Ohio?

Demand Control can be one of your solutions.

Read more about the increase in D.L. Steiner's January 2013 whitepaper, The Capacity Costs Survival Guide.