OTTAWA, Ontario--(Energate, Inc., a leading provider of residential Demand Response for utilities and home energy management solutions for their customers, today announced the results of two successful pilot projects undertaken in Oklahoma and Ontario, Canada. These projects are among more than 25 smart grid pilots across North America featuring Energate’s next-generation technologies. Energate’s home energy controls, portals and software solutions provide two-way communications that allow consumers and utilities to use new conservation tools.)--
“For the first year of our customer study, the Energate thermostat has proven to be an important contributing factor for reduced peak demand, which represents a key goal for OG&E and other utilities and their customers everywhere.”
In its pilot project with Oklahoma Gas and Electric Company (OG&E), Energate’s Pioneer™ Smart Thermostats enabled residential consumers to achieve a Peak Reduction of 1.92 kW per home representing an average maximum of over 50 percent, far surpassing the goal of 1.3 kW. In addition, the OG&E pilot accomplished these breakthrough results exclusively with pricing signals where consumers could choose to opt-in and select their level of participation. Price signals were delivered with high reliability to consumers, providing them with timely decision-making information.
Energate partnered with Silver Spring Networks, a leading provider of smart grid platforms, and OG&E to roll out technology that allowed consumers to manage energy for optimal use with in-home devices and/or Internet portals to get pricing and usage information.
“Energate’s programmable thermostat enabled us to interact with our customers with price signals and notifications to effectively reduce their peak consumption,” said Mike Farrell, Director, Customer Programs, at OG&E. “For the first year of our customer study, the Energate thermostat has proven to be an important contributing factor for reduced peak demand, which represents a key goal for OG&E and other utilities and their customers everywhere.”
The Ontario Power Authority Pilot
In the Ontario pilot, more than 99 percent of Energate’s on-line devices responded to load control signals, with verification of data collected and reporting in real-time, meeting the advanced criteria of the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) pilot.
“Thanks to Energate, I was able to log on to the Internet to control my thermostat settings and monitor my energy consumption,” said participant John McKenzie, a Hamilton, Ontario resident. “I was ultimately able to reduce my bills by about 30 percent without sacrificing home comfort whatsoever.”
Energate has also completed a six-month pilot project with the OPA to deploy its Consumer-Connected Demand Response (CCDR™) solution platform for residences in the Peterborough, Hamilton and Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge areas to control home energy use via the Internet while giving consumers access to smart meter data. The project used smart thermostats on air conditioning, load-control switches on water heaters and pool pumps, and energy displays paired with smart meters to share real-time data. A web-based portal enabled consumers to easily program thermostats remotely to manage home comfort and energy use.
Ontario residents participating in the pilot continue to endorse Energate’s technologies because they are user friendly and provide energy-saving capabilities. Even though the OPA pilot has officially ended, fewer than 10 percent of the homeowners have opted to return the Energate devices when asked to. Participants keeping the Energate smart thermostat will be able to test new and advanced features that were not used in the pilot, allowing them to more effectively manage their energy costs in Ontario’s time-of-use rate environment.
“Our team has collaborated with progressive utilities from Oklahoma to Ontario to deliver industry-leading results,” said Niraj Bhargava, Energate Co-founder and CEO. “Our peak reduction achievements, combined with consumer-engagement and savings, have demonstrated what is possible with Energate solutions.”
Energate is a leading provider of residential demand response and home energy management solutions including software, wireless communications, gateways, smart thermostats, switches and consumer energy displays. Energate’s Consumer Connected Demand Response™ (CCDR) platform allows utilities to immediately address residential energy demand and empowers consumers to more effectively manage their energy use. Energate products provide unprecedented interoperability that seamlessly connects the Smart Grid to consumers to deal with supply and demand challenges, the increased use of renewables and dynamic rate structures. Founded in 2004, Energate is headquartered in Ottawa with offices in Arizona, Toronto, Texas, and California. Visit www.energateinc.com.