Energy Efficiency, Smart Grid

Energate smart grid technology to be used in 1,000 Ontario homes

Energate Inc., a provider of consumer demand response and home energy management solutions for utilities and their customers, announced the rollout of its consumer engagement for the smart grid program.

Ontario consumers can opt into the program via participating local distribution companies or directly through Energate online to receive a fully funded Energate Foundation smart thermostat and home energy gateway.

The Foundation delivers vital energy information and control based on time-of-use pricing with easy to use options to help save on energy costs while delivering value to the provinces smart grid and demand response goals.

The objective of the $7.8 million CESG project is to stimulate consumers’ engagement in home energy management by leveraging and extending the Smart Grid into the home. As part of the CESG program, participants will receive real-time usage data via Energate’s Foundation, which provides whole-house energy consumption information along with a fully programmable smart thermostat.

Foundation keeps track of savings over a 30-day period and helps users better manage their energy costs through multiple complementary consumer-friendly options such as home energy dashboards and mobile applications. It can also be set up to display the last 24-hours of electricity consumption as well as seven-day averages to provide trending feedback to consumers. As a result, consumers can monitor usage and reduce or shift consumption from peak to non-peak periods based on time-of-use rates.

Ontario homeowners deploying Foundation will also be able to participate in Phases 2 and 3 of the CESG project that provide innovations that could include advanced mobile apps, more advanced home energy management features, and extended monitoring and control of other energy-using appliances in the home. Participants will provide feedback to Energate, Ontario’s Ministry of Energy and the LDCs on the value of these advanced technologies in achieving their personal goals and preferences.

Up to 1,000 homes in Ontario will be equipped with these advanced technologies as part of the CESG demonstration and feedback program.

Participating LDCs include Cambridge & North Dumfries Hydro, Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro, Waterloo North Hydro, Hydro One, Hydro Ottawa, Peterborough Utilities, PowerStream, and Veridian Connections. Additional LDCs may also propose to participate in the project.