Case Study: Calspan Saves Cost by Reducing Energy Usage During Peak Demand Periods
It is essential for each and every business to work towards sustainability and to achieve that, energy conservation plays a vital role. Various companies are looking for innovative solutions to save the money spent on energy. One such company, Calspan wanted to prevent power outages, cut energy consumption year-round and reduce costs on energy.
Calspan is founded by the Wright Brothers and it is involved in aviation testing. With headquarters in Buffalo, New York, its facilities include a 58,000 square foot vehicle crash test center, a high-powered transonic wind tunnel, a repeatable crash-test simulator used for child seat testing, and a high-performance tire testing area. The solution that Calspan needed to reduce the pressure on grids during peak testing times and also reduce overall energy usage. This was possible only with special customised plans.
For energy conservation strategy, Calspan selected NRG Energy. Operating in the United States and Canada, NRG provides energy solutions to residential, commercial and industrial customers, and small businesses.
NRG’s Network Operations Center—where its data analysts serve demand response customers—shared office space on Calspan’s campus. NRG enrolled Calspan in a demand response program that supported their sizable energy footprint and cut costs of electricity.
First, NRG identified the areas where reduction of energy consumption is easily possible as well as profitable. By communicating with Calspan, it also understood the specific usage patterns of energy and then offered a customized set of solutions to streamline overall energy footprint.
In a multi-building campus like Calspan, it is expected that various tests run at all hours. So, a single wind tunnel test requires approx. 20 megawatts of energy. NRG advised Calspan to reduce energy during peak events. In doing so, Calspan managed to not only save money but also stabilize the entire energy grid in the process.
David Hect, Account Executive, NRG Energy stated, “Calspan chose NRG because of our honest business handlings and quick response time during demand response events. In turn, a partnership developed naturally due to the mutual belief that trustworthiness and hard work should be at the core of every business model.”
With the strategic solutions provided by NRG, Calspan reduced energy consumption by approx. 7.4 megawatts during initial summer utility programs (CSRP and SCR). Only in the first three months, the reduction of energy consumption helped Calspan to save nearly $275,000. As a result, by reducing usage during periods having peak demand, Calspan benefited from bill credits without upfront investment.
After experiencing the positive results, Calspan’s Facilities Manager, John Vinorvski stated, “In a blackout, that’s when people realize how much they’re dependent on energy. To keep the grid from getting overloaded, you either have to make more energy or get people to use less of it by being energy efficient. That’s the goal.”
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