July 9, 2015 - PowerStream says it has launched a new pilot, featuring advanced energy management technology, to a limited number of residential customers living in the utility’s service territory around Toronto and central Ontario.
By Renée Francoeur
The Residential Energy Management (REM) pilot tests technologies that help consumers reduce energy consumption and manage costs while giving them greater control over their day-to-day usage, according to PowerStream. Customers will be the first to test the system, which is designed to automatically adjust to user preferences, learn and adapt to the user’s lifestyle, and provide insights on energy use.
Participating customers will be equipped with a new thermostat, a touchpad, two smart plugs, two door sensors and two motion sensors. All equipment is installed by a certified technician and will become property of the participant at the end of the trial, a value of $800. In addition, customers will have access to online and mobile applications to monitor and update their system from anywhere a with Wi-Fi connection.
PowerStream says it is the first utility in Ontario to offer this energy management program to customers. The project is funded by Ontario’s Smart Grid Fund and is structured to serve as a template for other Ontario distribution companies to follow once the pilot is complete in 2016.