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In the peak of summer, it is easy for us to want to crank up the A/C to cool off. But when everyone does this at the same time, there is an extremely high demand for power--power that we don't necessarily have.
This is where EnerNOC comes into play. EnerNOC networks buildings together so they can monitor and modify how those buildings are using electricity. The controllers at EnerNOC are directly connected with the buildings so that when the power grid is under stress, they can decrease the amount of energy being used in that building.
One user in Washington, DC has already witnessed savings of about $48,000-$50,000 per year thanks to the EnerNOC system. In addition, according to the federal government, EnerNOC devices can decrease peak loads by 150 gigawatts by 2019, the equivalent of 2,000 full-capacity power plants.