Last week, executives from EnergyHub spoke at two leading industry events: the Peak Load Management Alliance's (PLMA) 16th Spring Conference in Tucson, Arizona, and CS Week in Charlotte, North Carolina. Each presentation touched on opportunities for utilities to unlock value from connected devices.
At PLMA, Matt Johnson, EnergyHub's VP, Business Development, participated in two discussions. On April 27, Matt presented to PLMA's Thermostat Working Group on EnergyHub's approach to Bring Your Own Thermostat℠ (BYOT) demand response, giving an overview of how BYOT programs work and how utilities can benefit from them. He also led a discussion of issues that utilities and device manufacturers must overcome in order for BYOT to be an effective demand response resource for utilities as well as an appealing program for service providers and thermostat manufacturers.
On April 29, Matt co-presented with Hilen Cruz of EnergyHub client Salt River Project (SRP) on the Pricing Panel. The subject of Matt and Hilen's presentation was "Integrating Smart Thermostats with Time-of-Use to Improve Peak Reduction." Matt and Hilen discussed how SRP is looking for ways to enhance energy efficiency and load shifting by combining their EZ-3 time-of-use rates with Wi-Fi thermostats. EnergyHub is providing SRP with Wi-Fi thermostats, software, and installation services for the project, and feeding TOU rate information into our SmartShift algorithm to allow SmartShift to make even more intelligent decisions about when to run residential HVAC systems in order to maximize customer savings and comfort.
At CS Week, Mike Bates, EnergyHub's General Manager, Utilities, participated in April 29's "Connected Home - Security, Thermostat, Comfort... What's Next?" panel, alongside Nathan Adams of Green Mountain Power Corporation and Sonja Bogart of Wright-Hennepin Cooperative Electric Association. Discussion focused on the opportunities and threats that exist for utilities when competing against service providers -- such as security companies, energy management providers, home service providers, and others -- already in a customer's home. Mike and the other panelists presented on topics including load defection resulting from customers who choose to produce and store energy on-site and the evolving utility business model from the delivery of the commodity to delivery of energy services.
Heading to the National Town Meeting on Demand Response and Smart Grid later this month? Don't miss EnergyHub Co-Founder and President Seth Frader-Thompson on the "Technology on the Rise" roundtable on May 27.