Programmable thermostats demonstrate peak load reduction


Ottawa, Canada — (METERING.COM) — July 5, 2011 – In a pilot project with Oklahoma Gas and Electric Company (OG&E), residential customers using smart thermostats achieved 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.

Further, these results were accomplished 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.

The PioneerTM Smart Thermostats were from Energate, which partnered with Silver Spring Networks to roll out technology to OG&E customers to enable them to manage energy for optimal use with in-home devices and/or internet portals to get pricing and usage information.

In a second, six month pilot with the Ontario Power Authority, 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.

The company deployed its Consumer-Connected Demand Response (CCDRTM) 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.