• Demand Response

    Since 2012, City Schools has been enrolled in an Energy Demand Reduction program known as Demand Response (DR), administered and run by EnerNOC, Inc.  The program’s purpose is to lower electricity consumption when demand is the highest, thereby helping to stabilize the area’s electrical grid and avoiding a “brown out” or a “black out.”  By participating, City Schools helps to maintain grid reliability for millions of families and businesses in the mid-Atlantic region, and saves money and helps the environment.  City Schools is contractually committed to reduce electricity consumption during these specific periods of peak use when the event is called.  Below is an overview of the program.

    Program Details:

    • The program runs between 12pm and 8pm on all non-holiday weekdays from June 1st through September 30th.
    • The electricity grid operators notify EnerNOC of a DR Event (“Event”), generally called on days with temperatures over 90°F. 
    • An Event spans from a minimum of one hour to a maximum of six hours. 
    • No more than 10 Events may be called in one year, though there are usually no more than 3.
    • Within half an hour of the start of an Event, schools must reduce their electricity use.
    • If a compelling reason exists, and the Energy Specialist in the Facility Operations and Maintenance Office grants permission, a school may opt not to participate in the Event. 

    Roles

    Facilities Maintenance and Operations staff – EnerNOC will notify Maintenance and Operations staff of the Event, who in turn informs participating schools and staff of the Event.

    • Chief Engineer – deploys staff to implement energy-saving steps.
    • School Principal – supports the Chief Engineer in implementing energy-saving steps, and notifies the school community as appropriate. 

    Tools

    Benefits

    • City Schools gets paid when it lowers its electricity use during an Event.
    • City Schools also pays less, since it is using less electricity during highest rate time. 
    • Because the amount of electricity City Schools uses during peak periods (e.g. very hot days) is a component of each school’s annual electricity rate, City Schools seeks to lower use as much as possible during those peak periods. 

     Each school building’s electric consumption can be viewed live during the event, or at any time 

    • Website: https://apps.enernoc.com/apps/enernoc/portal/
    • Username:  BCPSS
    • Password: Energy2015
    • Click on Home button, then go to Today’s DR Performance, then choose your school, then view data
    • Or log in at any time to see live and past energy data by clicking on the Home button, then go to Energy Profiling, then choose your school, then select the period you want to see, then view data.

     Participating schools

    School #

    Building #

    School/Program Name(s)

    35/430

    35

    Harlem Park EM/Augusta Fells

    37

    36

    Harford Heights Elementary

    341

    40

    The Reach! Partnership School-summer '17 school
    Heritage Early Learning Center
    Ft. Worthington Y program

    347

    82

    KIPP Harmony Academy

    349/339

    93

    NACA#349
    Friendship Academy #339
    ITD Professional Dev Center

    400B

    400B

    Westside Skill center

    401/303

    401

    Northwestern High#401/
    Forest Park

    419/855/413

    402

    Reginald Lewis#419
    Success#855
    Achievement #413

    405

    405

    Patterson High

    407/403

    407

    Western High #407
    Baltimore Polytechnic Institute #403

    410

    410

    Mergenthaler Vocational-Technical High

    364/342

    411

    Bluford Drew Jemison STEM Academy West
    KASA
    Home & Hospital Program #303

    414

    414

    Paul Laurence Dunbar High

    Please discuss this program with staff so they are aware of it and know why we participate in it.  Your cooperation and participation is vital and necessary. Thank you all for your consideration and support on spreading environmental awareness to students, staff and community.

    Please contact Rajeshri Bachubhay, Energy Specialist, or Blaine Lipski, Director of Maintenance and Operations, with additional questions, comments and suggestions.