A demand response management system has been installed for utility Con Edison and its 3.3 million electricity customers in New York City and Westchester County, New York.

Part of the Smart Grid Demonstration Program funded by the US Department of Energy, project will help Con Edison manage its growing demand response activities and data within a single platform allowing it to integrates residential, commercial and industrial demand response programmes and distributed device and generation technologies.

Based on Alstom’s e-terraDRBizNet 3.0, the system provides utilities the digital intelligence to make fast decisions to compensate energy flow to optimise existing assets. It can be used from small pilot deployments to large industrial-grade needs, such as efficiently calling on a large complex portfolio of energy resources. It can also manage groups of aggregators and their resources, enabling Con Edison to reduce load within targeted overloaded areas, the company says.

In addition to automating Con Edison’s processes, Alstom technology also provides the utility with advanced performance and settlement capabilities, measuring groups of aggregator resources’ performance and automatically applying the current tariff rules to calculate the payment for participating load reduction.

The system forecasts available load curtailment capacity and has been deployed with the capability to send signals for automatic load control to aggregators.