Energate Inc., a provider of demand response and home energy management solutions for utilities, signed a contract with the Ontario Ministry of Energy's Smart Grid Fund for $2.9 million in support of its Consumer Engagement for the Smart Grid (CESG) project.
Energate also announced the creation of a CESG Advisory Board, which will play a key advisory role in the planning and execution of the CESG Project. The objective of this $7.8 million project, implemented by Energate with the support of the Ontario Ministry of Energy's Smart Grid Fund, and six Ontario Local Distribution Companies (LDCs), is to stimulate consumers' engagement in home energy management by leveraging and extending the smart grid into the home.
As part of the CESG project, Energate and a number of Ontario utilities will be testing different combinations of portals, mobile applications, smart thermostats and other technologies and programs that leverage Energate's Consumer Connected Demand Response (CCDR) home energy management platform, which has been approved for use across Ontario's peaksaver PLUS program.
Energate plans to deploy home energy dashboards and controls, features, functions, portals, and mobile apps for market feedback in more than 1,000 homes across Ontario for the CESG Project over the next 18 months.