FirstEnergy Corp.’s Met-Ed, which serves portions of Berks, Monroe and Northampton counties, has introduced a new program for commercial and industrial customers that provides incentives for curtailing energy use during peak hours.
Aaron Ruegg, spokesman for Met-Ed’s Pennsylvania operations, said the demand response program can be added to any other existing peak power usage agreement a commercial client may have in place.
“This basically can be added on to any peak demand program for additional savings,” he said. The program begins in June; customers now can sign up for it.
Load reduction can include temporarily reducing or shutting down industrial processes, turning off lights in groups or sequences, reducing the use of heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, shutting down large motors and compressors or starting backup generation.
Ruegg said such agreements are becoming increasingly popular for commercial clients because new technologies give large power users more control in how and when they can implement power-saving measures.
“It’s becoming easier to take advantage of these programs,” he said.
The program is administered by approved Demand Response Program Service Providers selected by FirstEnergy’s Pennsylvania utilities: CPower and EnerNOC.
The program will operate through 2020 during peak months of June through September.
For more information, visit www.energysavePA.com/DemandResponse/ME