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.
- 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.
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.
- Electrical sub-meters at participating schools
allow City Schools and EnerNOC to monitor energy use in real time, something we
do not have at other schools.
- Protocol for engineers.
- Protocol for staff.
- The Energy Conservation Toolkit helps staff determine the best items and appliances to turn off first.
- 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.
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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.