Industrial Mineral Supplier Earns Demand Response Payments Without Affecting Mining and Processing Operations

With rising energy costs, a difficult economic climate, and a duty to be environmentally responsible, the TVA-Enel X Demand Response program gives us the chance to do something good for the community, the environment, and for our business.

Larry McKibbin, Plant Manager

The Benefits

Enel X offers U.S. Silica a powerful combination of aiding its community while strengthening its business. “With rising energy costs, a difficult economic climate, and a duty to be environmentally-responsible, the TVAEnel X Demand Response program gives us the chance to do something good for the community, the environment, and for our business,” says McKibbin.

Enel X brings a range of powerful benefits to the company:

Supporting the Community

Enel X helps ensure the reliability of the energy grid during peak periods by reducing demand. By being part of the TVA-Enel X Demand Response program, U.S. Silica protects the other businesses (including key customers) as well as the residents of the region. “Being part of demand response is tangible proof of our company’s commitment to sustainability and giving back to our community,” says Sim.

Leveraging Flexibility

The Jackson operation has flexibility in its production schedule that enables temporary shutdown of silica processing. Taking advantage of this flexibility enables U.S. Silica to participate in demand response without affecting its ability to meet its overall production quotas, or the needs of its customers.

A Simple, Streamlined Process

Making demand response part of its manufacturing operations was simple for U.S. Silica. “Enel X took care of everything and answered every question we had,” says Sim. “They really made the whole process simple and easy.”

Visibility into Energy Usage

During implementation, Enel X installed monitoring equipment, which streams U.S. “With rising energy costs, a difficult economic climate, and a duty to be environmentally responsible, the TVA-Enel X Demand Response program gives us the chance to do something good for the community, the environment, and for our business.” Larry McKibbin, Plant Manager Silica’s energy consumption data to a powerful energy intelligence software platform. By logging into Enel X, U.S. Silica can measure and monitor energy consumption in real time, during demand response dispatches and beyond. This capability gives the company new insights on its ongoing energy use. And this knowledge translates into operational changes that reduce energy use, increase efficiency, and save money. “Enel X’s software has definitely made us work smarter,” says McKibbin. “We think about how and when we start up equipment, and those decisions can have a real impact on our usage and our bills.”

The Future

Based on the success at its Jackson facility, U.S. Silica is exploring making demand response with Enel X part of its other facilities. “We’re definitely being seen as innovators and educators,” says Sim. “Other facilities are very interested in demand response and we’re glad to answer any questions they have. Basically we keep hearing the same question: ‘how can we be a part of demand response with Enel X?’”

With rising energy costs, a difficult economic climate, and a duty to be environmentally responsible, the TVA-Enel X Demand Response program gives us the chance to do something good for the community, the environment, and for our business.

Larry McKibbin, Plant Manager

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