925.954.7363 hello@tierrarc.com

Challenge: Increased rooftop solar photovoltaics, or PV, caused rapidly changing system load shapes within Arizona Public Service’s (APS) territory and required more flexible resources as a backup for intermittent solar generation.  APS needed support designing and delivering a suite of innovative programs to provide demand flexibility as a compliment to their robust energy efficiency portfolio.

Approach: Working in conjunction with Arizona Public Service, Tierra developed a new customer program designed to support the deployment of residential load management, demand response and energy storage technologies to help customers shift energy use and manage peak demand, while also providing system peak reduction and other grid operational benefits. To best design and appropriately deploy the

Project Highlights:

  • The Cool Rewards program enrolled over 57,000 connected thermostats that deliver ~80 MW of demand response
  • Reserve Rewards pilot installed 221 grid-interactive heat pump water heaters that deliver ~2,000 kWh annual in energy savings
  • Storage Rewards pilot installed 36 batteries to deliver ~45 kW in capacity across the 5 hour on-peak window

program, we partnered with Navigant Consulting to survey more than 1,300 customers to assess customer perceptions of the planned pilot design, price point propensities, and sensitivities to proposed program parameters. The pilot program Tierra and APS developed includes three elements:

  • Batteries to reduced system peak, provide feeder congestion relief, and support integration of distributed energy resources.
  • Connected heat pump water heaters to reduce system peak and provide load management benefits by shifting water heating demand into the midday peak solar production period.
  • Connected residential smart thermostats to provide demand response load reductions during system peak events, with additional features allowing customers to opt for automatic precooling of their home prior to peak demand periods to maximize comfort.

Outcome: APS developed and delivered a multi-million-dollar residential program that facilitates demand response, energy storage and load management (DRESLM) to address flexible resource needs by limiting peak demand and shifting energy use to midday periods of high rooftop PV solar production. This initiative provides DSM benefits and improves integration of distributed solar generation on the grid through the deployment of commercially available load management and load shifting technologies that have not yet been widely used in Arizona’s Demand Side Management (DSM) programs. By including each of the three program elements described above, the DRESLM program provided valuable information on the relative performance, cost, and use cases for these technologies, while helping APS meet increased demand response compliance goals. A pdf version of this project description can be downloaded here.

Contact

Tom Hines

Tom.Hines@tierrarc.com

Direct | 303-901-1003

Contact

Matthew Joyce

Matthew.Joyce@tierrarc.com

Direct | 707-823-6655

Demand Side Management (DSM) Portfolio Optimization Study

Demand Side Management (DSM) Portfolio Optimization Study

Challenge: Seattle City Light’s (SCL) successful portfolio of conservation initiatives continue to operate in an environment of evolving economics, environmental policy, technological enhancements, health and safety mandates, and social equity goals. Accordingly, an...

read more
Distributed Energy Resource Executive Workshops

Distributed Energy Resource Executive Workshops

Challenge: As a follow-up to Tierra’s work with a Canadian utility in 2019 to develop a comprehensive integrated distributed energy resource (DERs) strategy and implementation roadmap, Tierra re-engaged with the same utility in 2021 when they asked for assistance...

read more
Online Energy Estimator Tool

Online Energy Estimator Tool

Challenge: With over half of its 1.1 million residential customers on innovative Time-of-Use (TOU) rates, APS continuously looks to support its customers with tools and resources that allow them to save and manage their energy costs and to better understand the...

read more