Sensus is expanding its demand response portfolio with the launch of a load control module for use in residential and commercial applications.
The Sensus FlexNet load control module enables electric utilities to shed load by controlling power to energy-intensive appliances, without the need for a ZigBee-enabled electric meter. Load shedding typically involves HVACs, pool pumps, water heaters and irrigation pumps.
The demand response application allows utilities to create, monitor, schedule and manage load shedding programs and events using the Sensus FlexNet multi-application, wireless communications system, which is based on open standards, interoperability and FCC licensed spectrum. The FlexNet system enables utilities to gather data that confirms which devices are participating in the load shedding event and to know if the device is or has been tampered with.
The incentive to shift use to off-peak hours provides an opportunity to shave peak demand and ultimately helps utilities reduce the price of electricity they purchase or generate.