Energate’s partner, Silver Spring Networks, will provide the smart thermostats to 40,000 residents in the Oklahoma Gas and Electric service area.
This is in an effort to achieve a 70 megawatt peak reduction next year, and an increase in customer participation.
Energate Co-founder and CEO Niraj Bhargava said “We are very pleased that OG&E selected our proven technology for this step towards full deployment. Market validation like this confirms Energate’s belief that the home energy management industry must deliver consumer products that work safely and consistently, are easy to use and are integrated with the utility’s operations.”
In a pilot project this year, OG&E’s residential customers had a peak reduction of 1.92 KW, which is on average a 50% reduction. This was much greater than the expected 1.3 KW.
Customer Programs Director at OG&E Mike Farrell said ” OG&E have set significant goals for 2012 for both peak demand reduction as well as consumer adoption, reducing the need for new power plants. Energate has proven its performance and reliablity as a partner over the last 2 years.”
Consumers can easily programme their usage preferences using the in-home technology. This is based on peak pricing signals sent from utilities. Energate’s Pioneer Smart Thermostats and accessories will be installed in customer’s homes by OG&E over the forthcoming year.