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What is demand response?

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Get paid to use less energy

Energy users get paid by grid operators, utilities, or virtual power plants to conserve or shift electricity use in response to grid signals. These signals can be triggered by 1) a lack of energy supply (from heat waves, storms, downed power plants, renewable energy variability), 2) high prices, 3) high emissions on the grid, or other reasons.

Demand response can also generate value for energy users in the form of electricity bill savings when leveraged to actively avoid demand charges. Demand response serves as a lifeline for grid operators and utilities to prevent blackouts or shut offs which can be extremely disruptive, even deadly, to businesses and residents.

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Conserving energy in demand response programs has cash value

Example view of real-time load reduction within Voltus’s technology platform

Example view of real-time load reduction within Voltus’s technology platform

Conserving or shifting energy in demand response programs has the same value as producing energy, thanks to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Order 745.

Grid operators and utilities value demand response for its stabilizing impact on the grid. By reducing how much energy is used or shifting energy use during times of grid stress, customers are able to earn cash.

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Benefits for commercial and industrial business

Cash payments and savings for your business

Advanced notification of potential power shut offs

Protects communities by preventing blackouts

Contributes to your ESG goals

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