On Tuesday, November 19, 2013, the Parkland School District announced a rebate that totals $144,704 for successful participation in an energy curtailment program during summer 2013.
In March, the Parkland School District enrolled in a program offered by Energy Curtailment Specialists, Inc. of Buffalo, NY. This program required the district to curtail electric consumption when called upon by the PA – Jersey –Maryland (PJM) Grid, the entity which oversees and controls electric distribution from Illinois to the east coast and from Maine to Maryland. The reason for the reduction requests vary but could be contingent upon events such as an excessive heat wave which would cause excessive demand on the Grid.
Parkland’s agreement mandated a reduction when requested by the Grid from June 1, 2013- September 30, 2013 between the hours of noon and 8 PM for a maximum of six hours on weekdays only. In exchange, Parkland was promised a rebate of electric dollars based on the number of kW they could shed at a rate which was set by PPL for our region. During the period, Parkland complied when two reduction events were called. As a result, the PJM Grid was able to provide electric service to all customers in this area. And, Parkland benefitted by reaping a $144,704 rebate. This will occur through the receipt of two $72,352 checks. The first one will be received in December 2013 and the second will come in June 2014.
Rich Sniscak, Superintendent of Schools, stated, “I’d like to commend our School Board, our School Services Department and Business team for proactively entering into an agreement that enabled us to receive a cost savings that resulted in minimal disruption to our work day.”
This is the third energy curtailment contract that Parkland has entered since the deregulation of electricity occurred in 2009. The first contract Parkland entered into was with ClearChoice Energy for the 2010-2011 school year. Our participation that first year brought us a return of $169,400.48. Year two, 2011-2012, also with ClearChoice , brought back $99,597.09 in to the district. Parkland did not participate in the 2012-2013 school year as a result of a predicted low return on investment.