Energate Inc.

Energate Inc.

September 02, 2010 10:26 ET

Energate Deploys Industry-Leading Home Energy and Demand Response Solution Across Select Ontario Homes

Peterborough, Cambridge, Hamilton and Kitchener-Waterloo Consumers connect their homes to the OPA's Advanced Demand Response Pilot

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 2, 2010) - Energate (www.energateinc.com) a leading provider of demand response and home energy management solutions for utilities and their customers, today announced that it has entered into an agreement with the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) to be a key delivery partner in the Ontario pilot deployment of residential and small commercial Demand Response (DR) solutions.

"We are delighted to work with Energate's team and advanced technology to manage demand and empower our customers", said David Whitehouse, Customer Service Manager of Peterborough Utilities Group, "the use of innovative technologies allows our customers to reap energy-saving benefits while we shift peak demand to minimize the need for new generation capacity."

"I signed up for the trial because of my interest in doing my part to combat climate change" said Dusko Taskovic, a utility customer, "but an additional benefit is that I can now manage our home comfort and reduce my utility bill by accessing the consumer portal over the internet."

The OPA foresees significant DR opportunities in Ontario and is working towards deploying a new province-wide demand response program in 2011. Under the pilot agreement, Energate is providing a turnkey technology and implementation program for demand response solutions including communicating smart thermostats, load control switches on water heaters and pool pumps, in-home energy displays and a ZIP Connect™ gateway that establishes broadband control of the largest energy loads in the home. In parallel, each of the local distribution companies (LDC) participating in the pilots will leverage Energate's software including its CORE device manager, Load Management System and Consumer Portal, all part of its Consumer Connected Demand Response (CCDR)™ platform. The system allows the LDCs and Ontario's Grid Managers to manage peak energy demand with advanced two-way communication providing real-time feedback and verification. In addition, Energate's solution set communicates with the smart meters installed across Ontario homes, bringing real time energy consumption data to the consumer. 

With peak demand in Ontario projected to grow, an aging electricity infrastructure, and growing environmental concerns, the OPA is taking immediate action to ensure a reliable and environmentally conscious electricity supply. Energate's CCDR solution supports demand response programs and load control events as well as assisting the consumer in managing energy costs associated with Time-of-Use (TOU), Critical Peak Pricing (CPP) and Real Time Pricing (RTP).

"Ontario is a global leading market in smart energy technology with ambitious green energy goals," said Energate Chief Executive Officer Niraj Bhargava. "We're very pleased that the comprehensive evaluation process chose Energate's technology suite – one that can deliver energy management benefits to Ontario citizens for today and tomorrow."

About Energate

Energate is a leading provider of demand response and home energy management solutions including software, wireless communications, gateways, smart thermostats, switches and consumer energy displays. The Consumer Connected Demand Response (CCDR)™ solution allows utilities to immediately address residential energy demand and empowers consumers to more effectively manage their energy use. Energate products seamlessly connect to the Smart Grid to deal with supply and demand challenges, the increased use of renewables and dynamic rate structures. Founded in 2004, Energate is headquartered in Ottawa with offices in North Carolina, Toronto and California. Visit www.energateinc.com

About OPA

The Ontario Power Authority is responsible for ensuring a reliable, sustainable supply of electricity for Ontario. Its four key areas of focus are: planning the power system for the long term, leading and coordinating conservation initiatives across the province, ensuring development of needed generation resources, and supporting the continued evolution of the electricity sector.

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