Control4 to deploy home energy management solution for AEP Ohio’s gridSMART® demonstration project


Richard Walker,
Control4 Energy
Sunnyvale, CA, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — January 19, 2011 – AEP Ohio, a unit of American Electric Power, has selected IP-based home control systems provider Control4 to supply its home energy management solution as part of the utility’s smart grid demonstration project.

AEP Ohio’s $150 million gridSMART® demonstration project, funded in part by a Smart Grid Demonstration Grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, is being deployed in northeast central Ohio. The project is designed to demonstrate the full benefits of installing a comprehensive distribution smart grid for consumers and the utility and includes approximately 110,000 advanced electricity meters, new distribution grid technology, distributed energy sources, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, smart appliances, and consumer systems and products to help customers manage electricity use and costs.

The Control4® Energy Management System (EMS 100), with a combination of both in-home device feedback and programmable thermostat control, is aimed to give consumers control and automation as well as awareness of their energy use.

AEP Ohio plans to equip a select group of 1,000 customers with Control4® EC-100 energy controllers, of which 200 of those customers will also be able to use the EC-100 for automated load control via Control4® WT-100 thermostats. Beyond basic feedback of daily electricity use or cost, participants in the pilot will be given more ways to engage in home energy management with features like HAN management, automated device control, and the delivery of utility signals over broadband to trigger energy use decisions and actions in the home.

The EMS 100 solution includes Control4® ADVANTAGE Software, which will monitor and update AEP customers’ HANs via the EC-100 energy controller.

The interoperability of Control4 EC-100 units with Silver Spring Networks’ Smart Energy platform also makes this portion of AEP’s pilot an example of robust end-to-end IP-based smart grid architecture. The EC-100 has access to data from Silver Springs Networks’ UtilityIQ™ demand response management application and intelligent end-point to effectively deliver complete energy information in real time.

“Control4 is pleased to work with AEP Ohio to raise home energy management to the next level of engagement,” said Richard Walker, president of Control4 Energy. “Our home automation platform completes AEP Ohio’s progressive AMI plan to deliver a home area network demand response solution that consumers can embrace.”