Energate and OG&E Sustain and Grow Results With Consumer Demand Response Solutions

Now in Second Year of Deployment, OG&E Smart Hours Program on Target for Additional 70MW Tracking to 80,000 Homes and 140 MW in 2013

SAN FRANCISCO, June 10, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- EDISON ELECTRIC INSTITUTE (EEI) ANNUAL CONVENTION -- Energate, Inc., a leading provider of demand response and home energy management solutions for utilities and their customers, announced that its technology has successfully enabled sustainable results for the Oklahoma Gas and Electric Company (OG&E) consumer demand response SmartHours program. Now in its second year, the program—in partnership with Silver Spring Networks and other collaborators—continues to sustain and grow peak power reduction results. OG&E residential consumers with an Energate programmable communicating thermostat have achieved an average of peak reduction of 2.02 kW per home and the program 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 overall program goal includes avoiding construction of incremental fossil generation prior to 2020. [Note to editors: Please see Energate at the EEI Annual Convention held in the San Francisco Marriott Marquis, June 10-12 at booth #13.]

By employing a consumer-centric approach to demand response, OG&E customers can simply and individually choose their balance between cost and comfort via Energate's smart thermostat, which allows the consumer to automatically manage homes with real-time pricing. In addition, the program accomplished these breakthrough results exclusively with pricing signals where consumers could choose to opt-in and select their level of participation. Price signals were delivered with high reliability to consumer devices, providing them with timely decision-making information, and automatic response from Energate technology based on personal preferences.

It costs more to produce electricity during peak periods of high customer demand, and other factors like weather conditions and the time of year also impact electrical prices and drive them higher. The OG&E SmartHours program allows its customers to save when costs are lower, or off-peak—during the summer peak, which is 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays, and prices during those hours vary based on system load. 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.

"Energate's smart thermostats have enabled OG&E to interact with its customers with price signals and notifications to effectively reduce their peak consumption," said Mike Farrell, Director, Customer Programs, at OG&E. "From the first customer study to our second year of deployment, Energate's technology has sustained high performance results proving to be an important contributing factor for reduced peak demand, which represents a key goal for OG&E and other utilities and their customers everywhere."

"Dynamic pricing brings two major forces into the retail energy marketplace. First, customer choice in the form of time-of-use rates that charge a higher price during all weekday peak hours and a discounted price during off-peak and weekend hours. And second, technological innovation in the form of smart thermostats, home area networks, web portals and in-home displays.  The ongoing collaboration between OG&E and Energate illustrate these two forces at work," said Ahmad Faruqui, Principal with The Brattle Group. "Strong findings from OG&E's two-year pilot program have encouraged OG&E, which is on track to enrolling one of every five residential customers to the program in the short span of three years.  Consumers are provided smart thermostats to take advantage of incentives embodied in the rate design.  Initial reports suggest that customer satisfaction levels are very high."

"Our continuing results in OG&E's SmartHours program illustrates how our demand response solution provides the reliability, accuracy, and ease-of-use while meeting both utility and consumer goals," said Niraj Bhargava, CEO of Energate. "OG&E's ambitious program showcases how consumers and utilities can collaborate on managing energy consumption to achieve a 'win-win'."

About Energate

Energate is the leader in Consumer Demand Response Solutions for utilities and their residential customers.  The company provides home energy management solutions including software, portals, mobile applications, and wireless devices such as gateways, smart thermostats, load control switches, and consumer energy displays.  Energate's standards-based open Consumer Connected Demand Response (CCDR) platform allows utilities to immediately address residential demand and empowers consumers to more effectively manage energy use.  Energate solutions leverage the Smart Grid to mitigate supply and demand challenges, increase the use of renewables, and utilize dynamic rate structures.  Founded in 2004, Energate is headquartered in Ottawa with offices in Chicago, Toronto, Houston, Melbourne (FL), Raleigh and Los Angeles. Visit www.energateinc.com.


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