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There is a growing demand for interactive energy management solutions and Energate has expanded its Demand Response portfolio to provide solutions that meet the requirements  of utilities, energy service providers and residential consumer users.

Demand Response solutions that encompass all the necessary aspects of interoperability and standards compliance are required. This is the best and only way to ensure the success of utility Demand Response programs while protecting against future obsolescence.

Energate provides a complete solution that includes software, portals, mobile applications, and wireless devices such as gateways, smart thermostats, load control switches, and consumer energy displays. Energate’s solutions leverage the Smart Grid to mitigate supply and demand challenges, increase the use of renewables, and utilize dynamic rate structures.

With our standards-based open Consumer Connected Demand Response (CCDR) platform, you can interactively address residential demand and empower your consumers to more effectively manage energy use while maintaining their comfort and convenience.

Explore our Interactive Energy Management Solutions to find the option that best fits your requirements:


Consumer Connected Demand Response (CCDR)

Energate’s CCDR platform is a complete solution for utilities that want to shape load now and leverage Demand Response programs by enabling consumers with technology that is AMI and Smart Grid ready for tomorrow.


Meeting the Needs of Utilities

Energate’s home energy management and demand response solutions enable:

  • Load reduction at peak times
  • Full-featured two-way and ubiquitous one-way communications options, independent of Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI)
  • Consumer engagement in energy efficiency
  • Interoperability with AMI today, or when deployed in the future
  • Improved customer service with control management


Bridging the Gap Between Utilities and Consumers

Energate’s CCDR enables an open dialogue between consumers and utilities, through connected in-home devices, the web, and the utility back office.  CCDR helps consumers make informed energy consumption choices and utilities can deploy smart demand response programs designed to engage and meet the needs of their customers.

  • Consumer engagement: using smart thermostats, load control switches, in-home displays, web portals and mobile apps
  • Utility control: with a leading edge load management system providing utilities with insight into energy consumption patterns
CCDR Solution


In-Home Technology Choices


Communication Choices

Energate offers many alternatives to connect the utility with in-home devices. Two-way connectivity provides status on device availability, system health, load available for curtailment, and actual Demand Response participation. For consumers, the two-way communication enables remote control of Energate’s smart thermostats and load control switches as well as electricity consumption data collection.


Broadband

Broadband communications provide the most feature-rich experience for both the utility and the consumer.  Capable of transmitting utility signals including load control, pricing and text messages, broadband also enables real-time feedback on the availability and success of devices for load control events.  Consumer engagement for demand response and energy efficiency programs can be achieved through the use of broadband.  Broadband Internet communications enables near-real-time monitoring and control of electricity load use and the ability to remotely adjust their home temperature and thermostat schedule from the MyEnergate web portal and/or mobile apps.  A gateway converts ZigBee® to IP to allow communications over the consumers Internet connection.


AMI Smart Meters

In homes where a ZigBee smart meter is installed and the AMI network has the required capabilities, Energate devices can use the ZigBee enabled smart meter as a communications path to receive utility signals and return device status information to the utility about load control activities following an event.


Point-to-Multipoint (P2MP)

Ingenu’s RPMA® (Random Phase Multiple Access) communications is incorporated into CCDR.  RPMA offers unparalleled coverage delivering radio frequency (RF) performance using two-way, point-to-multipoint communications.  With an unprecedented 172 dB of link-budget, an Ingenu RPMA network access point can cover an area of up to 400 square miles (1,036 km2) with 16,000 end-points.


Paging

Pager communications provide one-way access to participating homes over the 900 MHz FLEX paging network.  While this option does not provide for any feedback to check the status of participating homes and devices, it is an effective option where neither broadband nor a ZigBee enabled AMI network is available.

 


Data (enabled through two-way communications)

Electricity consumption data can be collected directly from a ZigBee-enabled smart meter or through a meter-reading sensor that transmits consumption data to the Energate smart thermostat or in-home display.  With two-way communications the data is available to the consumer through the MyEnergate web portal and mobile apps to monitor electricity consumption and make informed decisions on electricity use.


Services

Energate has established relationships with a number of program service providers across North America, and is ready to bring the right match to the table to provide a seamless experience to both a utility and its customers.

Energate also provides training and commercial, operational, and customer support to ensure a successful utility program.


Software

CCDR can support either a utility’s existing demand response management system or Energate’s load management software (LMS) via Energate’s CORE Middleware.

Integrating with a third-party portal or Energate’s LMS provides utilities with a powerful operational planning and control tool.  With LMS utilities can know how many of the deployed homes are ready to respond at any moment in time and can deal more effectively with local capacity issues.

Contact Us to learn more about CCDR.

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