World’s Largest Cold Storage Network Cools Down Rising Energy Costs with Enel X Demand Response
Enel X came highly recommended. And we appreciated the fact that their programs involved no upfront costs. Enel X was clearly a win-win for us.
Enel X’s ability to enroll multiple facilities in Canada and the U.S. efficiently and effectively is a critical benefit to an organization of VersaCold’s size and scope. As a DR leader, Enel X was able to provide skilled personnel and proven best practices for reducing energy consumption at VersaCold’s cold storage facilities. As a result, the entire process— from enrollment to implementation to actual DR dispatches—is seamless for VersaCold.
Other benefits that Enel X DR brings to VersaCold include:
Participation in Enel X DR results in estimated annual payments of more than $160,000—funds that go directly to participating facilities. “We pass along the earnings directly to the facilities that make the cuts,” says Royals. “It gives sites more of an incentive to achieve even greater energy reductions.” Royals also points out that in addition to these payments, VersaCold also benefits financially by using less energy— during dispatches and beyond.
Ease of Participation
The number of DR dispatches varies by region, and is defined clearly in the program details. Per the terms of the Enel X Demand Response – Ontario program, enrolled facilities may experience as many as 25 dispatches per year, making it a particularly demanding program. Enel X streamlines participation in this program by ensuring that dispatches go smoothly. Enel X’s ongoing communication, coaching during dispatches, and responsive follow-up help make it easy for VersaCold sites to participate in demand response.
During DR dispatches, VersaCold facilities personnel retain control over their equipment and facilities. They can select the equipment most appropriate for adjustment or shut-down. And they can restart refrigeration equipment based on conditions within their facilities.
By reducing its use of energy and other resources, VersaCold also passes along benefits to the many communities where “Enel X does a fabulous job making sure our sites are well-notified. When necessary, Enel X stays with our facilities thoughout the dispatch and follows up after, ensuring that we learn from every dispatch.” Ted Royals, Director of Engineering for Eastern North America its facilities are located. By participating in Enel X DR, VersaCold helps protect local communities from brownouts and blackouts. It also helps keep electricity prices affordable for businesses. Participating in Enel X DR is just one example of VersaCold’s wide-ranging commitment to corporate responsibility.
VersaCold relies on Enel X as its partner for demand response. It continues to evaluate its facilities on a regional basis in areas where Enel X DR programs are offered. “When an area becomes eligible for DR, Enel X works with us to see what kind of revenues we might be able to generate by participating,” says Royals. “We take a careful look at all opportunities and determine whether we can participate. Enel X continues to communicate and collaborate with us on an ongoing basis, and help ensure that we succeed with demand response.”
Enel X does a fabulous job making sure our sites are well- notified. When necessary, Enel X stays with our facilities thoughout the dispatch and follows up after, ensuring that we learn from every dispatch.
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