Load Management STANDARD OFFER PROGRAM

Sharyland accepts applications for participation in this program on its eCurtail website link: http://ecurtail.com/sharyland on a rolling basis beginning in March.

Participation Information

Sharyland Utilities’ Load Management Standard Offer Program (SOP) provides non-residential customers the opportunity to earn money by making their facilities available to reduce electric power consumption when given 60 minutes’ notice for short periods of time during the summer peak demand season.

The program is designed to reduce demand during peak periods, defined as weekdays 1-7 p.m. CDT, June through September, excluding Federal holidays. It is a performance-based program that offers incentive payments to participating customers for voluntarily curtailing electric load on notice.

Sharyland has set an initial goal of enrolling 1 MW of curtailable load and has an incentive budget of $40,000.

Program Description

The Sharyland Load Management SOP invites commercial class customers (including governmental, non-profit, and institutional customers) receiving distribution-level service to provide on-call, voluntary curtailment of electric consumption during peak demand periods in return for incentive payments. Sharyland is offering payments of $40/kW for the average demand reduction delivered by participating customers, who will receive notice of the planned event at least 60 minutes before they must reduce load. Incentive payments are based on verified delivery of demand savings through Sharyland analysis of billing data. Customers are not required to produce a specific level of curtailed load; however, customers will only receive payment for the amount of load curtailed.

Why should I participate?

Sharyland offers substantial incentives to program participants with little or no downside risk. Program participants decide how to reduce load in response to the 60 minute notice, so as a participant you maintain control over your facility at all times. There are no penalties associated with non-delivery, so you also assume no financial risks: if you do not deliver, you simply do not receive payment. The program runs from June 1 to September 30. During this period, customers should be prepared to shed load on weekdays (excluding holidays) between the hours of 1 PM and 7 PM. Participants commit to delivering a maximum of 18 hours of load shed, spread across a maximum of five events. These five events include one scheduled event, typically called in early June, in which customers are asked to shed load for 1 to 2 hours to demonstrate they can deliver the load reduction. Over the rest of the summer, anywhere from zero to four additional load reduction events may be called. The maximum duration of any event will be 4 hours: no event will extend outside the 1 PM to 7 PM window.

Incentives

Payment Rate Date Paid
Incentive $40 per kW November 15

The incentive is paid on the weighted average of delivered kW demand reduction across all events.

Participation

Sharyland customers can participate in this program by either self-sponsoring or by working through a third party project sponsor: the project sponsor is simply the entity that signs up to deliver a given amount of load reduction. A project sponsor may accomplish this by offering load at a single location or by combining multiple locations. However, an individual location (Project Site) should be capable of delivering 40 kW of load reduction. Project Sponsors can participate in this project through a Five-Step Process described in detail in the Program Manual, which can be accessed by following the program manual link at the top of this page. The five steps are (1) Application, (2) Contracting, (3) Performance (4) Measurement and Verification, and (5) Payment of Incentives to the Project Sponsor.

Applications are accepted starting in March. Project applications will be evaluated on a first-come, first-served basis. This site will be the main source of information about the program. For more information, see below.

Program Manual & Appendices

Register

Sharyland is administering this program through an online program tracking system, which can be found by following this link

For More Information

The complete Program Manual provides detailed information. For answers to specific questions about your facility, contact Steve Wiese at Frontier Associates at 512-372-8778 x118, or by email at swiese@frontierassoc.com.