The Enel Group’s advanced energy services division Enel X, through its Canadian subsidiary EnerNOC, Ltd., has signed an agreement with food company Amhil North America to deploy a 2.34 MW/4.7 MWh lithium-ion energy storage system.
The new system will be installed at Amhil’s facility in Mississauga, Ontario. Under the terms of the agreement, Enel X will purchase, install and operate the battery on behalf of Amhil North America, and share the savings which are expected to be created by Enel X DEN.OS optimisation software that controls the battery. The DEN.OS platform will analyse Amhil’s energy consumption patterns and execute a control strategy to maximize total economic value from all available value streams. Enel X will also provide demand management services and enroll the energy storage system in IESO’s demand response programme.
Demand response programmes pay large energy consumers, such as manufacturing facilities, data centres, and commercial real estate companies, to adjust their power consumption, with the aim to stabilise the grid. Demand response provides greater grid flexibility, stability, and more efficient use of power infrastructure, with a view to help maintain electricity prices as low as possible for all consumers.
“Our customised energy storage system will help Amhil optimise its energy usage and costs, expand its existing demand response programme, as well as boosting the energy resilience of its local food packaging facility” said Michael Storch, Head of Enel X in North America. “Enel X provides tailored, integrated solutions that meet the specific energy needs of corporate partners and that can be scaled to fit their businesses.”
Mark Johnston, VP Manufacturing of Amhil North America, added that the company has taken a proactive approach to managing and optimising its energy usage, particularly during peak periods and that with the new energy storage facility it will benefit from significant cost savings and additional demand response revenues while reducing its overall energy dependence.
The lithium-ion storage project expands upon Amhil North America’s existing relationship with Enel X, as a demand response customer through EnerNOC, Ltd. since 2010. Amhil expects to see enhanced benefits from its demand response programme with the addition of the energy storage system, with additional financial savings from managing peak charges.
The storage system is due to be deployed in the second half of 2018 and is aimed at helping Amhil save 20 percent in energy expenditure over the life of the 11-year contract. It can create additional value by optimising the use of the battery for IESO’s wholesale demand response programme, which pays large energy consumers for being on standby ready to reduce their electricity consumption in response to grid system needs. By tapping into the energy stored in the battery, Amhil North America can reduce its energy consumption when required by the grid to contribute to its stability, without any impact on the company’s overall operations.