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Johnson Controls’ EnergyConnect leads consortium to help major Pennsylvania utility reduce electricity demand during peak hours
Industry leaders collaborate to provide demand response resources to meet state-mandated load reduction targets
MILWAUKEE – January 31, 2012 – Johnson Controls, the world leader in delivering solutions that increase energy efficiency in buildings, today announced that a consortium led by its EnergyConnect business was selected to provide demand response services to reduce up to 100 MW of energy use during peak hours for utility customers in southeastern Pennsylvania. This represents the energy needed to power more than 42,000 homes during the highest hours of energy use.
Johnson Controls will lead the consortium to promote demand response program participation for large business customers.
A 2008 Pennsylvania law, Act 129, requires the state’s electric utilities with more than 100,000 customers to reduce MWh consumption by 3 percent and reduce system demand 4.5 percent during peak hours by May 31, 2013.
"This is the first time that best-in-class demand response providers have combined resources to help one of Pennsylvania’s largest utilities meet the state's aggressive energy reduction goals," said Kevin Evans, vice president/general manager, demand response services, Building Efficiency for Johnson Controls. "Each member of the group will work with new and existing customers to deliver the best possible solutions for PECO."
Demand response programs reward electricity users for reducing consumption when alerted by a utility or independent system operator (ISO). Those reductions improve the performance of the regional electric grid, particularly during hot summer months when energy usage increases. Participants are compensated based on how much electric load they commit to curtail when notified by the utility about a peak demand period.
About Johnson Controls
Johnson Controls is a global diversified technology and industrial leader serving customers in more than 150 countries. Our 162,000 employees create quality products, services and solutions to optimize energy and operational efficiencies of buildings; lead-acid automotive batteries and advanced batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles; and interior systems for automobiles. Our commitment to sustainability dates back to our roots in 1885, with the invention of the first electric room thermostat. Through our growth strategies and by increasing market share we are committed to delivering value to shareholders and making our customers successful. In 2011, Corporate Responsibility Magazine recognized Johnson Controls as the #1 company in its annual “100 Best Corporate Citizens” list. For additional information, please visit http://www.johnsoncontrols.com
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