Constellation NewEnergy, a subsidiary of Constellation Energy, now offers its NewResponse demand-response program to commercial, industrial and governmental electricity customers in Ontario, Canada.

Ontario is the first province in Canada to begin implementation of a demand-response program. As a member of the Ontario Power Authority's (OPA) DR3 program, Constellation NewEnergy has agreed to provide 25 MW of demand-response capacity, to reduce energy use during times of peak demand.

The OPA will compensate Constellation NewEnergy's customers who curtail energy use by shedding load or turning to on-site generation for a specific period of time when called upon. Once enrolled, participants earn a recurring availability payment for committing to the program as well as an energy utilization payment for actually reducing load.