I recently had a chance to talk with my friend, SaLisa Berrien, Senior Director of Business Development at ENBALA Power Networks to learn more about its grid balance service, also known as regulation service.
Evers: Please explain how Grid Balance services differ from DR.
Berrien: The difference between Regulation Service (aka Grid Balance) and Demand Response is that Grid Balance works within the operational parameters of industrial and commercial clients. There are no curtailments for extended periods of time. Grid Balance is bi-directional, meaning clients add and take load off the grid, whereas Demand Response is only taking load off the grid. Grid Balance is capacity and energy neutral. Clients do not create a new peak or use more energy than they would typically use on a daily basis.
Evers: Who can participate in this?
Berrien: Ideal network participants have large electrical equipment that operates under relatively consistent workload and has some degree of process flexibility or functional range.
Evers: Will businesses have to shut down or limit their operations?
Berrien: No. The impact of the ENBALA Power Network is seamless to the client. Our technology respects the need for each asset to fulfill its primary duty and the network is designed to have no impact on process objectives, total energy consumption or operational costs.
Evers: How do they financially benefit?
Berrien: Clients are paid for the amount of Grid Balance their assets deliver to their regional electricity system operator. Each asset’s value is dependent on process flexibility, availability, and corresponding Grid Balance demand. The more flexible an asset, the more Grid Balance it can provide, and the more money the asset will make for the client. The average payment to clients is based on historical pricing, future projections and their asset availability. The estimated annual payment per MW is $35,000-$50,000.
Evers: Can you give us an example of how it works?
Berrien: Our videos walk visitors through exactly how the ENBALA Power Network consolidates asset flexibility to provide Grid Balance to regional electricity system operators.
Evers: Thank you SaLisa for taking the time to explain Grid Balance.