Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and EnergyHub enroll over 16,000 thermostats in BYOT program, targeting 25MW of flexible capacity
EnergyHub announced today that it is working with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), the largest municipal utility in the country, to manage its “bring your own thermostat (BYOT)” demand response program.
The utility is using the Mercury DERMS platform from EnergyHub to harness flexibility from HVAC systems to manage system-wide and localized peaks, help reduce emissions and build a stronger grid. By using demand response via its BYOT, LAWDP is able to reduce the use of natural gas-fired peaker plants when the grid is under stress.
Launched in June 2020 and running through October, LADWP Power Savers is an energy management program for residential and small business electric customers to help lower and manage their energy costs, while reducing strain on the power grid during periods of high energy demand.
Since launching, the program has enrolled over 16,274 smart thermostats. During the heat wave from August 14-21st, seven separate demand response events were triggered by LADWP’s energy control center, which monitors and dispatches power on the grid. Power Savers participating customers offset the peak demand by an average of 9 megawatts (MW) for each DR event. LADWP’s goal is to deploy enough smart thermostats to achieve 25 megawatts (MW) of flexible power capacity by the end of the 2021 high demand summer season.
“EnergyHub’s platform allows us to build and manage a BYOT resource that can provide grid support and help us meet our long-term emissions goals,” said Jason Rondou, Director of Clean Grid LA Strategy at LADWP. “The combination of EnergyHub’s expertise in running successful BYOT programs with the capabilities of the Mercury DERMS platform puts us in the best position to achieve LADWP’s goals.”
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The program supports LADWP’s Clean Grid LA initiative by providing a clean energy alternative to using natural gas “peaker” plants to maintain reliability when energy use spikes.
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