Energate to Supply ZigBee Load Switches For Home Energy Management Program to West Coast Utility
Energate’s LC2200 Two-way Communicating Direct Load Control Devices Enable Next-Generation Energy Management
OTTAWA – June 13, 2017 – Energate Inc., the leader in ZigBee SEP interactive energy management solutions that enable the Utility Internet of Things (IoT) next-generation energy management and the connected home, will supply Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) with load control switches for the next phase of the company’s SmartAC™ program.
Energate will deliver its LC2200 load switches using the secure ZigBee Smart Energy Profile providing two-way communications via PG&E’s existing ZigBee enabled meters. The LC2200 delivers both control and insight into load shedding events and is a significant advancement of Demand Response and Direct Load Control technologies.
The LC2200 includes advanced internal sensing to capture real-time information including LC2200 availability, load running status, event execution, and relay status. Knowing the availability and operating status of loads captures the full value of demand response resources that utilities and independent system operators are increasingly relying on to cost effectively manage the balance between generation and load.
“Energate’s compact LC2200 load switches are easy to install and the ability to test on site prior to installation confirms connectivity and avoids wasted time,” said Doug Dycus, GoodCents Northern California Operations Manager. “Energate actively sought our input when they were developing the LC2200 to guarantee that it was easy to install and commission cost-effectively.”
The LC2200 incorporates Energate’s patent pending OptiCycle™ technology, assuring each load is reduced fairly and proportionally, minimizing the overall impact on comfort for all participants. The easy-to-install LC2200 has an integrated junction box, options for control of both low voltage and line voltage circuits, ability to control up to four loads, and power measurement options. In addition, for the consumer it can be scheduled for energy efficiency, and respond directly to electricity price to save money.
“Energate has developed strong relationships with its utility customers and is very pleased to be providing the LC2200 load switches to PG&E for its SmartAC program,” said Steve Dodds, Energate’s CEO. “This reflects well on Energate’s capabilities and expertise. The LC2000 suite of load switches is very cost effective, and is proving to be the most versatile load switch option on the market.”
Energate Inc. provides interactive energy management solutions that enable next-generation energy management and the connected home. Energate’s vertically integrated Consumer Connected Demand Response™ platform provides management of two-way communication and demand response events through a flexible solution that includes devices, middleware, and applications. Energate’s Internet of Things solution is an interoperable architecture that has been proven in the homes of many North American utilities’ customers.
Energate & PowerStream Deliver Customer Opt-In Dynamic Pricing Program to Additional Participants
Successful Summer Pilot Prompts a Second Pilot to Evaluate the Impacts of the Winter Season
OTTAWA – February 16, 2016 – Energate Inc., a leading provider of interactive energy management solutions that enable next-generation energy management for the Utility Internet of Things (IoT) and the connected home has been working with PowerStream to deliver the first of its kind in Canada, a Customer Opt-in Dynamic Pricing (CODP) program for residential customers – providing significant savings to the grid and to customers.
The success of the pilot prompted PowerStream to launch a second pilot to evaluate CODP impact during the next two seasons (winter & summer 2016). Approximately 500 new participants were enrolled for the winter and 300 more customers will be enrolled for the summer of 2016. With a second summer, additional data on a larger number of customers will further validate the value of this innovative program.
“The Advantage Power Pricing program exceeded our expectations,” said Mark Henderson, PowerStream’s EVP Asset Management & Chief Operating Officer. “So much so that we are expanding the evaluation of the effect of dynamic price signals and set-and-forget technology on managing peak demand.”
The summer 2015 program was delivered with support from the Ontario Ministry of Energy’s Smart Grid Fund and Energate. Advantage Power Pricing (APP), as named by PowerStream, was a voluntary, dynamic pricing program for residential customers. Customers who took part in the pilot paid a very low price for off-peak energy use (4.9¢), while their peak use from 3:00 to 9:00 p.m. on weekdays varied between one of three rates (12¢, 24¢, and 48¢), based on actual provincial electricity demand. When demand was extremely high, critical peak price events took place at 60¢ per kWh. Customers paid the lowest, off-peak, rate over 80% of the time.
“Enhanced technology for the second pilot will provide participants with additional information to help them save,” said Steve Dodds, Energate’s CEO. “The benefits will be long lasting as over 80% of respondents in the first pilot reported they had developed lasting saving behaviours that would continue over time.”
All participants in the first pilot received technology – Foundation Smart Thermostat and Home Energy Gateway, mobile apps, and ZigBee-enabled smart meter – and information to adjust their consumption in response to daily electricity demand. On average participants received an $80 cheque that represented their savings DURING THE SUMMER PERIOD compared to Time–of-Use (TOU) rates. With 1053 people participating, peak electricity demand decreased by approximately 1 MW.
Customer Opt-in Dynamic Pricing can be implemented at any Local Distribution Company. As with TOU rates, dynamic pricing has the potential to benefit microgrids, Conservation and Demand Management, Demand Response, energy storage, and further development of in-home tools for customers.
“The Government of Ontario is committed to providing electricity consumers with the tools they need to manage their electricity consumption and reduce their bills,” said Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli. “The province-wide investment in the modernization of our electricity system has enabled great innovation in smart grid technology and we are excited to be taking this next step with PowerStream and Energate.”
Energate Inc. provides interactive energy management solutions that enable next-generation energy management and the connected home. Energate’s vertically integrated Consumer Connected Demand Response™ platform provides management of two-way communication and demand response events through a flexible solution that includes devices, middleware, and applications. Energate’s Internet of Things solution is an interoperable architecture that has been proven in the homes of more than 40 North American utilities’ customers.
PowerStream is a community-owned energy company that provides power and related services to more than 375,000 customers residing or owning a business in communities located immediately north of Toronto and in Central Ontario.