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Where did all the revenue go?

Demand response revenues have plummeted across the ERCOT transmission network… Or have they?

The changes across the energy landscape have meant that fast-acting services, which hold the most revenue opportunities for C&I and Institutional organizations, are needed more. The issue? Those that are currently using their energy flexibility to participate in slower services are getting left behind. Why? Because the technology on their sites isn’t up to the task.

The trend

Services in the US will become faster acting, much like those we see operating in countries like the UK, with Dynamic Firm Frequency Response, and Ireland, with their DS3 services.

And it’s not just about managing frequency. The Lone Star state saw prices in August rocket over the $9,000 per Megawatt hour due to the excessive demand during one of the hottest seasons on record.

What’s the answer?

It’s time to reevaluate your energy strategy. The energy landscape is no longer a “one way street”, with energy generated, transmitted, supplied and used in that order. Decentralization and decarbonization have created an interactive, circular energy economy. Demand can be met in many ways, whether that’s increased generation, reduced industrial demand, or use of storage. Generation is no longer the responsibility of just a handful of incredibly large power plants, but of a wide array of distributed resources.

Old electricity system vs new decentralised system

The answer is a new suite of services…

Currently, businesses in ERCOT that are participating in demand response are typically providing a service called ERS. This has a fairly basic requirements – an email is sent to the participating business with 30 minutes notice to turn off elements of their operations. This currently earns businesses around $54,000 per MW per year, and is rapidly decreasing.

New services are emerging and could double that figure to over $100,000 per MW per year.

RRS is the new kid on the block, and there are 3 flavors to choose from depending on a business’s flexibility capabilities. And the best part? These services can be stacked with additional opportunities, such as smart tariffs and trading.

By participating in RRS, your payments are protected too. Unlike ERS, where the more the participants the further the pot has to be split, RRS has a limited intake.

So, why GridBeyond?

Unlike many demand response providers, GridBeyond has the tried and tested technology enable your business to participate in these new fast-acting services. And what’s more, we can automate it too. Our highly tailored approach, which often factors in the investment cases for gas generators or battery storage, provides access to significant revenues and savings with minimal risk.

Key takeaways:

  • Greater revenues and savings for your business ​
  • Highly targeted flexibility, avoiding whole site shutdown/curtailment​
  • Greater surety of delivery through automation​
  • Greater visibility of key consumption and delivered revenues/savings​
  • Access to new planned ERCOT schemes​
  • Access to stack multiple schemes simultaneously, including energy markets.

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