Control & Automation
Schneider partners with Workbench to reduce Global Adjustment exposure for large-scale users
By Anthony Capkun
June 1, 2021 – Schneider Electric has partnered with Workbench Energy to bring “integrated energy management solutions” to Ontario.
The partnership aims to equip large-scale utility customers with the ability to monitor and manage their energy consumption around peak periods, and reduce their exposure to Ontario’s Global Adjustment (GA).
For large electricity consumers, the GA can make up 50% of their power bill, depending on how much their peak energy use contributes to provincial peak demand, explains Schneider.
“As energy management continues to evolve in Ontario, partnerships like this one will play a critical role in leading the industry forward,” said Hugo Lafontaine, VP Digital Energy, Schneider Electric Canada.
Schneider and Workbench say the partnership will bring “cost and energy-saving value” to large industrial customers, commercial buildings and universities, and energy-intensive sectors like mining, minerals and metals.
The partnership facilitates the real-time transfer of data collected by Schneider Electric’s Power Monitoring Expert solution to Workbench Energy’s platform, explain the partners. By providing customers with greater insight into their energy consumption, customers can respond quickly to peaks by implementing load curtailment, energy storage or backup power sources, like generators.
“Our collaboration with Schneider Electric enables us to collect data from across connected devices and help customers make more-informed decisions about their energy patterns and behaviours,” said Cam Carver, CEO, Workbench Energy.