Canadian utility extends DR contract with local integrator


The renewal of the deal will allow the Mississauga, Ontario (Canada) based integrator to continue its involvement in the peaksaverPLUS demand response programme for Ontario’s Local Distribution Companies (LDC).

In a press statement, power utility IESO said Rodan Solutions will dispatch, support and manage over 320,000 Load Control Devices enrolled in the residential and small commercial demand response programme.

The roles of the integrator will include coordinating communication between IESO and participating LDC operators for demand response activations as well as remotely activate load control devices to reduce the electricity demand of enrolled appliances.

[quote] Furthermore, the firm will brainstorm IESO with new measures for safe and efficient operations.

Commenting on the renewal of the deal, Paul Grod, president of Rodan Energy said the firm’s DR offering maximizes consumer choice by enabling multiple DR technologies to be deployed onto Rodan’s EnerVu platform.

The renewal follows IESO recording a total savings of up to 160MW due to implementation of the demand response project in the province of Ontario. [Siemens bets on upliftment of smart grid R&D in Canada]

Demand response in North America

And in other demand response news, US energy management startup Jasmine Universe in late April announced the launch of its new technology to help utilities to employ demand response programmes.

In a press statement, the Advanced Energy Center (Stony Brook University-New York) located firm claimed its wireless communication platform will enable utilities to provide consumers with real time feedback on their energy consumption to help them implement sustainable energy usage to save energy and money.

Mohan Wanchoo, President of Jasmine, commented: “As the energy industry changes, utilities and energy marketers need to better engage their customers to further enable them to effectively fulfill their energy needs.”

The new technology will help to “conserve energy and control demand, creating a win/win/win for the industry, homeowners and the environment,” added Wanchoo. [US utility signs AutoGrid to improve demand response]

In addition, the system includes a mobile app which allows consumers to remotely control their smart devices and energy consumption from any location.

The solution was developed by 17 student interns from the Stony Brook University.


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Nicholas Nhede is an experienced energy sector writer based in Clarion Event's Cape Town office. He has been writing for Smart Energy International’s print and online media platforms since 2015, on topics including metering, smart grids, renewable energy, the Internet of Things, distributed energy resources and smart cities. Originally from Zimbabwe, Nicholas holds a diploma in Journalism and Communication Studies. Nicholas has a passion for how technology can be used to accelerate the energy transition and combat climate change.