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SUSTAINABILITY New partnership to supercharge emissions-reduction benefits of demand response

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CPower Energy Management, a national energy solutions provider and WattTime, a hybrid of an environmental nonprofit and software company, jointly announced a partnership to evaluate and strengthen the emissions-reduction benefits of CPower's demand response solutions.

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Increasing demand response dispatch to include additional events based on a marginal GHG signal—versus purely an economic or grid reliability signal—could further increase emissions savings.
Increasing demand response dispatch to include additional events based on a marginal GHG signal—versus purely an economic or grid reliability signal—could further increase emissions savings.
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In 2020, CPower customers curtailed their grid demand in nearly 20,000 events spread across six independent system operator (ISO) regions, totaling 11.5 GWh of load reduction, when the grid needed it most. Based on WattTime analysis, this corresponded to an emissions reduction of nearly 7,000 metric tons CO2 on average for demand response events. This is equivalent to eliminating the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with more than 7 million pounds of coal burned.

"In these cases, demand response was dispatched primarily for economic or grid reliability purposes. Even then, our analysis showed that CPower's load curtailment solutions achieved significant emissions reductions through reduced demand on high-emitting resources," explained Gavin McCormick, Executive Director of WattTime. "Looking forward, we're especially excited about what more is possible in partnership with CPower. For example, increasing demand response dispatch to include additional events based on a marginal GHG signal—versus purely an economic or grid reliability signal—could further increase emissions savings."

John Horton, President and CEO, CPower, added: "As a company, our demand-side management solutions span demand response, energy efficiency, distributed generation, energy storage, and peak load reduction. They all have roles to play decarbonizing power grids as part of the low-carbon energy transition. In partnership with WattTime, we'll be exploring how we can deliver even stronger emissions-reduction benefits to our customers throughout North America."

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