Sustainable Westchester, a nonprofit consortium of municipalities in Westchester County, NY, has partnered with Logical Buildings, a smart building technology software and systems integrator, to launch the GridRewards program.
GridRewards allows energy users (residents and businesses) in Westchester County to receive cash rewards from participating in utility Con Edison’s demand response program, while also assisting in the reduction of monthly energy bills.
This is in collaboration with Con Edison’s smart meters and Logical Buildings’ mobile app SmartKit AI, which encourages homeowners to perform energy efficiency activities in unison. Individuals across the country can collectively contribute to a more reliable grid and provide grid relief.
Logical Buildings was a participant at DISTRIBUTECH’s Initiate! in 2019.
How does GridRewards work?
Anyone with an eligible Con Edison account can enroll online.
Logical Buildings is leveraging its AI driven app, Smart AI, to complete authorization and onboarding. Users can download the app and get customized energy efficiency insights to lower their monthly energy bills.
In addition, Con Edison will pay cash to help lower a peak during a demand response event and save on investing in additional infrastructure. When a household’s energy saving earns revenue, it is logged into the app and cash is distributed to participants.
Raising cooling setpoints on smart thermostats by 4 degrees for a few one- to six-hour periods in the summer can earn participants cash. Additional activities include dimming lights, avoiding electric hot water heating and changing times of dishwashing and laundry.
“Collective action to reduce energy usage during these peak times will have a major impact on the health and sustainability of the Westchester grid,” said Dan Welsh, director of the Westchester Power Program for Sustainable Westchester.
“GridRewards is providing our largest opportunity yet to show how real-time intelligence and a widespread, gamified app to reduce energy use through that intelligence can create real income for the people who opted into the program,” said Logical Buildings Chief Executive Officer Jeff Hendler. “Especially with many families potentially using more energy while working from home and facing greater financial uncertainty, this is an important new way of making sure more people can share in the benefits of smart energy usage.”
The SmartKit AI technology is made possible through secure software integration into Con Edison’s new Advanced Meter Infrastructure (AMI) in Westchester. This technology is part of the company’s $1.25 billion AMI initiative to upgrade all electricity and natural gas meters in its service territory.