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2021 Demand Response Awards: Part 2

The second part in our series highlighting organizations that went above and beyond in supporting their local energy grid.

April 6, 2022

Demand response only succeeds through the efforts of all the organizations that reduce energy use when needed. And in 2021, a year where demand response was crucial to keeping the energy grid reliable in regions across the US, many of our customers went above and beyond in their efforts.


With our annual Demand Response Awards, we look to recognize customers who made important contributions during demand response events in 2021, meeting and beating their energy reduction commitments to help to keep energy flowing for their local communities. This is the second part in our demand response award series; to read about more winners, see part 1.


Market MVP Award Winners

Our Market MVP Award Winners, picked from regions across America, went above and beyond in curtailing their energy use and helping to ensure demand was met on their local grid. These MVP Award winners made significant contributions to keeping their local grid stable and ensuring energy reliability in their local communities.


New England: Miriam Hospital

The Miriam Hospital is a private, not-for-profit hospital in Providence, with a history of providing superior patient care. It is the recipient of numerous clinical quality awards and has earned an outstanding reputation in the community. And with its efforts in demand response, Miriam Hospital was able to make significant contributions to grid reliability without any interruption to patient care. 


PJM Emergency Load Resource Program: CNX Resources Corp

CNX Resources Corporation is an independent natural gas development, production, and midstream company, with operations centered in the major shale formations of the Appalachian basin. The 155-year-old company’s work includes transmission, storage, gathering systems, and water infrastructure that support energy development from wellhead to end user. As the Market MVP of the PJM Emergency Load Response Program, which is the world’s longest-running demand response market, CNX made an invaluable contribution to keeping the region’s energy grid reliable. 


Salt River Project (Arizona): Matheson Tri-Gas, Inc.

Matheson Tri-Gas provides complete customer solutions, offering everything from onsite air separation plants to small portable cylinders and all the services required to support these products and customer applications. Matheson has over 300 locations in the U.S. and more than 4500 employees. In Arizona, Matheson significantly reduced energy use when requested for Salt River Project demand response, and their large contribution and consistent effort made them our Market MVP for the region.


Sustainable Footprint Award

The Sustainable Footprint Award honors customers’ commitment to grid stability and energy flexibility wherever they operate, as demonstrated by enrollment in six or more demand response programs throughout the US and Canada. Demand response not only helps grid reliability, it also helps boost the grid’s sustainability by providing a clean, cost-effective solution to peaks in energy demand. Recipients of the Sustainable Footprint Award include: 


Sonoco Products Company 

Sonoco is a global packaging solutions leader, committed to improving the lives of its customers, its teammates and its communities. With their integrated packaging solutions, they aim to help define brand personalities, create unique customer experiences, and enhance the quality of products and the quality of life for people around the world. Sonoco’s efforts in demand response have made a major contribution to its communities, helping to ensure that the energy grid could stay stable. 


Arctic Glacier, LLC

Arctic Glacier is a leading North American producer of premium ice products and services. Artic Glacier produces 2.5 billion pounds of ice per year, serving over 75,000 locations across North America and utilizing a fleet of over 1,000 trucks. The company says its resources and advanced capabilities allow them to craft and deliver the purest and clearest ice on earth. Its efforts in demand response across multiple sites have made significant contributions to regional grid stability.


The Atlas Award

General Motors

General Motors is one of the most historic automotive manufacturers in the world. With more than 85,000 employees in the USA, General Motors contributes hundreds of millions of dollars in economic activity to communities across the country, and remains committed to positively impacting the communities where we live and work. Their work in demand response and beyond – including efforts in sustainability helped in part by Enel X – show how they honor that commitment.