OG&E's demand response program hits two-year mark

Oklahoma Gas & Electric (OG&E) is successfully using Energate’s SmartHours demand response program to sustain and grow peak power reduction.

The program, now in its second year with partner Silver Spring Networks, has reduced peak power demand by 2.02 kW per home and is targeting an additional 70 MW over 40,000 homes in 2013, with a goal of 120,000 homes by the summer of 2014. OG&E’s overall program goal is to avoid building fossil fuel-fired generation prior to 2020.

OG&E customers use Energate’s smart thermostat, which allows the customer to automatically manage homes with real-time pricing.

“Energate’s smart thermostats have enabled OG&E to interact with its customers with price signals and notifications to effectively reduce their peak consumption,” said Mike Farrell, Director, Customer Programs with OG&E. “From the first customer study to our second year of deployment, Energate’s technology has sustained high performance results proving to be an important contributing factor for reduced peak demand, which represents a key goal for OG&E and other utilities and their customers everywhere.”

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