The state of Rhode Island has entered into a contract with EnerNOC for demand response energy management services. The contract will allow EnerNOC to enable and manage demand response capacity from city, town and government-related buildings.

In relation to electricity grids, demand response refers to actions a utility may take to encourage or assist energy consumers to reduce the amount of electricity they consume. Demand response techniques can also be used to distribute electricity unused in other area to areas where demand is higher.

As part of the state's contract with EnerNOC, unused power from state and local government buildings will be available to be resold in the Independent System Operator of New England Inc. energy market. State and local government agencies will also have basic access to the company's PowerTrak energy management platform, which enables users to view and analyze their energy consumption data in near real time and measure efficiency gains.

"As Rhode Island is facing skyrocketing energy costs and consumers are being asked to pay more for electricity, reducing non-essential consumption is an important component of our commitment to support reliable, cost-effective and environmentally sustainable energy solutions," said Governor Donald L. Carcieiri.

Under the terms of the contract, individual government buildings can enroll in EnerNOC's technology-enabled demand response network. Each site will be paid for agreeing to reduce non-essential electricity consumption during periods of peak demand. In addition, each participating site will gain basic access to EnerNOC's PowerTrak energy management platform, which enables users to view and analyze their energy consumption data in near real time and measure efficiency gains.

"This is a positive development in Rhode Island's broader mission to promote environmentally responsible energy policies, while generating revenue for the state that can be used to fund other government programs," said Andrew Dzykewicz, commissioner of the Office of Energy Resources for the State of Rhode Island.