Energy Efficiency

OG&E, Energate continue demand response program

Oklahoma Gas & Electric (OG&E) reports success in using Energate’s SmartHours demand response program to sustain and expand peak power reduction.

The program, now in its second year with partner Silver Spring Networks, has reduced peak power demand by 2.02 kW per home and is targeting an additional 70 MW over 40,000 homes in 2013, with a goal of 120,000 homes by the summer of 2014. OG&E’s overall program goal is to avoid building fossil fuel-fired generation prior to 2020, according to Power Engineering.

OG&E customers use Energate’s smart thermostat, which allows the customer to automatically manage homes with real-time pricing.

Customers receive advance notice of peak price the day before so they can manage energy use more wisely. OG&E’s demand response program also includes dynamic pricing paired with the deployment of various types of in home equipment and a customer web portal.