Formal DR Programs: Demand or Load Response programs allow electricity users to receive payment in exchange for promised reductions in their usage during times when the electricity grid is under stress. Reductions can come from conservation, load curtailment or behind-the-meter generation. To participate, an end user must select an Enrolling Participant. Enrolling Participants typically keep a percentage of payments due to customers as their fee. These fees can vary widely and additional charges, such as metering fees, can erode bottom line revenue. CES conducts a competitive bid process among all eligible Enrolling Participants to provide the best revenue split available in the marketplace for our customers. In addition, CES provides contract analysis and negotiation services associated with Demand Response commitments. CES also offers auditing services to verify that payments are correct and to recover any amounts due. The rules, players, and contracts associated with these formal Demand Response programs are constantly changing. It is more important than ever that clients receive independent advice before making a long term commitment to reduce load.
CES Self Help Program: CES provides an informal electricity demand response program for clients located in New England. The CES Self Help program allows CES clients to reduce their Forward Capacity Market (FCM) charges on their normal electricity bill by reducing load during the annual hour of peak demand on the transmission system. FCM charges are highly customer specific but can add as much as 2 cents per kWh to some power bills. CES clients who participate get to keep 100% of the benefit, without sharing with an Enrolling Participant. There are no audits and no paperwork associated with this program. However, to be effective, clients must have interval metered accounts, and they must have an electricity contract that allows them to benefit from reductions in Forward Capacity Market charges. Clients should check with their CES energy professional to assess whether they might benefit from this program.