In 2013, American Water, along with the U.S. Army Fort Meade, Viridity Energy and Sain Engineering Associates, participated in the regional grid manager’s synchronous (sync) reserve program to implement a project responding to electric grid frequency fluctuations for the Fort’s water filtration plant. Participation in the program required the installation to have the ability to cut inductive electricity demand by at least 100 kilowatts within 10 minutes of a request from the grid operator and continue a demand-reduction event that could last up to 30 minutes. In addition, the installation had to report electricity demand in one-minute increments before, during and after the event in order to demonstrate and record the load reduction.
This project was awarded the prestigious Federal Energy and Water Management Award for making a significant contribution to energy and water efficiency within the federal government.
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