Demand Response (DR) is a program available through the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) that enables companies with large energy consumption and demand to reduce their load during a peak demand event in Ontario. Peak demand response events occur just a few times a year, so peaking power plant assets run at a fraction of their capacity most of the time during the year. DR is a way for utilities to reduce the need for large capital expenditures, and thus keep rates lower overall. Instead of adding more generation capacity to the system, utilities pay energy users to reduce demand because it is cheaper and easier to procure. DR events occur all year around during weekdays that do not fall on holidays.
A company can participate in DR by turning off any non-essential equipment that will not negatively affect the customers.
You can personally help by unplugging your laptop or chargers during a DR event!
How will you know when we are participating?
We will let everyone in the building know through the following plan:
The following are benefits to the City of Markham and community:
Please contact us with your thoughts, suggestions, and/or questions at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you require lights or other equipment in your area turned back on, please contact the Customer Service Contact Centre at 905.477.7777 extension 7535 for assistance.