Webair, in collaboration with EnerNOC, will contribute to the creation of a "virtual power plant" by strategically controlling energy usage in its data centers. This program, known as demand response, is the latest energy efficiency project in Webair's "WE CARE" initiative, a venture designed to support the environment and the community.
Webair employs backup generators to ensure that customers experience no downtime, and routinely tests these generators to further safeguard against outages. By participating in demand response with EnerNOC, Webair will be able to align its testing and use of backup generation with the needs of the electricity grid. When called upon by EnerNOC, Webair will use its backup generators to provide additional capacity during times of peak energy usage or when there are other stresses on the system. Through its participation in demand response, Webair provides a clean, cost-effective alternative to using fossil-fuel-fired power plants to support grid stability.
Demand response not only helps reduce CO2 emissions from power plants, but also does so without additional impact on Webair's carbon footprint. EnerNOC will purchase carbon credits to offset any emissions produced by Webair during a demand response dispatch, making this initiative entirely carbon-neutral. In addition, Webair will derive additional insights about its electricity usage through complimentary smart metering equipment and EnerNOC's web-based DemandSMART demand response application. Real-time energy monitoring as well as long-term usage tracking will contribute to more efficient overall operations.
Webair's participation in demand response will enable it to continue providing world-class service to customers around the globe, while also contributing to a more stable, sustainable and secure grid.
Webair and EnerNOC Turn Data Centers Into 'Virtual Power Plants' Through Demand Response
March 9, 2011