Demand Response Provider Fires Back on Utility Complaints
EnerNOC Vice President Gregg Dixon has written a blistering critique of the traditional utility business model, responding to FirstEnergy Corporation’s claim that demand response is putting power producers out of business.
“Demand response saved consumers in the Mid-Atlantic alone $11.8 billion this year, or $500/household, in addition to the nearly $450 million in demand response payments that went directly into the pockets of schools, manufacturers, and office facilities,” Dixon writes. He adds that FirstEnergy supported demand response until it began driving down energy prices for consumers and businesses.
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“FirstEnergy claims that demand response causes ‘premature closures’ of power plants, but the only thing that’s premature is FirstEnergy’s assumption that they are owed profits they haven’t rightfully earned in a competitive marketplace,” Dixon writes.