- Enough power to guarantee the electricity supply for the equivalent of the cities of Nantes and Nice at peak time
- Entering into a strategic partnership with Schneider Electric has helped create a pool of industrial users with an increasingly diverse range of profiles
Le Bourget-du-Lac (France), February 3, 2012 – Energy Pool, Europe’s leading demand response operator, has today released more than 400 MW of reserve capacity to help the French electricity grid cope with the surge in demand created by the plummeting temperatures of recent days. This reserve capacity corresponds to the power needed to guarantee the electricity supply for the equivalent of the cities of Nantes and Nice together at peak time.
Developed at the request of RTE, the French electricity transmission system operator, Energy Pool's innovative solution consists of bringing together a pool of industrial consumers from a number of sectors¹, providing the ability to "modulate" (interrupt and reactivate) part of their consumption when necessary to balance out the load on the grid. Energy Pool acts as a one-stop-shop for RTE, simplifying dialog between the grid operator and these consumers by remunerating the latter for their positive contribution to the electricity grid and speaking on their behalf.
"Preventing failure of the French electricity grid involves more than just adding extra production capacity. It also means making sure that every consumer, whether a private individual or an industrial consumer, can access the electricity they need, when they need it, at the best price”, says Olivier Baud, CEO and Founder of Energy Pool. “Demand response is part of the solution! Energy Pool has made this technology simple for the industrial sector to deploy and flexible to operate, with benefits for all those involved.”
Energy Pool has developed an original and unique business model that delivers demand response with “surgical” precision. The Group first performs a techno-economic analysis on each industrial applicant in order to identify, machine by machine, process by process, which can be shut down quickly, in what conditions and at what cost. It then pools its customers-consumers by connecting them to its control center based in Savoie Technolac, near Chambéry. Finally, Energy Pool organizes real-time demand response when requested by the grid operator, and modulates the grid on a scale and with a responsiveness that few industrial consumers could manage on their own.
At the end of 2010, Energy Pool signed up to a strategic, financial and technological partnership with Schneider Electric. As a global specialist in energy management, Schneider Electric offers Energy Pool the benefit of its considerable expertise in managing the control and monitoring of equipment and processes operated by the industrial consumers who have volunteered to participate. This partnership allows Energy Pool to offer its solution to industrial users with an increasingly diverse range of profiles.
In France, the reserve consumption capacity Energy Pool has to offer, taking all applications into account, is currently around 1000 MW, and can be mobilized within between 1 minute and 2 hours. It could even exceed 1500 MW by the end of this year.
¹Not just highly energy-intensive industries but also sectors of agribusiness now and in the future, medium-sized businesses, shopping malls, hospitals and even data centers.
About Energy Pool
Energy Pool is Europe's leading demand response operator. The Group offers technological aggregation solutions to industrial users to enhance their capability to manage their energy consumption at peak times and avoid overloading the grid. Regional energy supplies can thus be secured in the longer term. From its operational center in the Savoie Technolac science and technology park in the south east of France, Energy Pool manages a 1000 MW demand response capacity in France and is currently scaling up in other countries.
About Schneider Electric
As a global specialist in energy management with operations in more than 100 countries, Schneider Electric offers integrated solutions across multiple market segments, including leadership positions in Utilities & Infrastructures, Industries & Machine manufacturers, Non-residential buildings, Data centers & Networks, and in Residential. Focused on making energy safe, reliable, efficient, productive and green, the Group’s 110,000 plus employees achieved sales of 20 billion euros in 2010, through an active commitment to help individuals and organizations make the most of their energy.