Peterborough Distribution Inc.

Peterborough Distribution Inc.

March 07, 2012 09:33 ET

Peterborough Distribution Inc. and Energate Announce New Energy Savings Program With Consumer-Friendly Technology

Program Offers Mobile Access, Text Messages and the Internet to Save Energy and Reduce Utility Bills

PETERBOROUGH, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 7, 2012) - Peterborough homeowners will be able to use mobile access, the Internet and text messages to better understand their energy consumption habits and save money on utility bills. Peterborough Distribution Inc. and Ottawa-based Energate Inc. are rolling out an innovative new program which uses existing internet connections and an easy-to-use smart thermostat display to give consumers real-time information on energy use and pricing including Time of Use (TOU) pricing. The utility will also be able to better manage peaks and meet aggressive conservation targets mandated by the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) through the Ontario Power Authority's peaksaverPLUS® program.

Pilots completed in Peterborough, Hamilton, Kitchener‐Waterloo and Cambridge saw utility bills reduced by up to 30 %. The Energate platform is leading the North American industry, which uses two-way communications and broadband internet to give both utilities and homeowners more information and control of their energy use.

Peterborough Distribution Inc. is the first Local Distribution Company in Ontario to partner with Energate, which has successfully deployed its solution in several US states including Ohio, Oklahoma and Texas.

"The net result of peaksaver programs like Peterborough's is a more efficient use of the existing electricity grid and local distribution systems, increased consumer awareness and dollar savings for everyone. Easing the strain on these systems during the summer months makes all Ontarians' less dependent on fossil fueled peaking plants and opens the door to more sustainable sources of generation. This is a real win-win-win situation" says John Stephenson, President and Chief Executive Officer, Peterborough Distribution Inc.

"I applaud Peterborough for demonstrating foresight and leadership by using innovative solutions to solve today's energy challenges," says Niraj Bhargava, Chief Executive Officer of Energate Inc. "Engaging consumers and giving them more control over their own usage is a very effective way to manage consumption and reduce utility bills. Energate is leveraging technology to create simple-to-use solutions that are proven to work."

Energate's Ontario solution set includes Blue Line Meter Sensor technology that draws consumption data into the home from Ontario's advanced meters. According to Peter Porteous, CEO Blue Line Innovations, "Providing consumers the ability to actually monitor their energy usage in real time means they can measure how effective their conservation efforts are. By partnering with Energate and providing a key ingredient of the CCDR™ platform we are able to take energy conservation to the next level by drawing data into the home off Ontario's advanced meters."

Under the program, eligible participants will receive a device which could be an all-in-one Smart Thermostat and display, or a switch paired with a Customer Information Display. Customers who receive the Smart Thermostat will be able to automatically adjust usage based on the Time Of Use rates in place in Ontario. The smart thermostat will actually respond in real time to changing price signals to save money by reducing air conditioning use as much as the customer wants. The Customer Information Display will provide the consumer additional insight into their home energy use by showing real-time data on how much energy is being used. The utility and the Province can also reduce overall system demand by employing load control strategies during peak periods

Residents interested in enrolling in the program may contact Peterborough Utilities at www.pdiconserves.ca.

*peaksaverPLUS is a registered trademark of Toronto Hydro Corporation.

About Energate

Energate (www.energateinc.com) 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, Ontario with offices in California, Illinois, Texas and Toronto.

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