Recently, Spring Branch ISD was awarded more than $153,000 by CenterPoint Energy for its efficient use of electricity and participation in the Commercial Load Management Standard Offer Program.
The program aims to reduce summer peak demand in the CenterPoint Energy electric service territory in a cost-effective manner and to reach the demand savings goals established by the legislature and Public Utility Commission of Texas.
As part of the Load Management program, commercial customers like SBISD curtail their electricity load when notified by CenterPoint. Curtailments may occur during the summer peak demand period of each year, weekdays from June 1 through Sept. 30 between the hours of 1 and 7 p.m.
“The partnership between Spring Branch ISD and CenterPoint is extremely important,” said Travis Stanford, SBISD Associate Superintendent for Operations. “The importance of this partnership is not only shown through the Commercial Load Management Program, but also as CenterPoint assists Spring Branch with timely and effective responses during emergencies and power outages, helping to keep our schools operational.”
SBISD has participated in the program since 2013 and has been awarded more than $1.6 million by CenterPoint.
In 2022, SBISD enrolled 21 campuses in the Commercial Load Management Program and was authorized by CenterPoint to reduce 3,700 kW. Between the two test events, July 11 and Sept. 8, SBISD was able to meet the authorized reduction.