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Greenlots Supports Southern California Edison's Deployment of 80 Level 2 Chargers at Multiple Sites for Demand Response in Workplace Charging

First Large-Scale, Open Standards-Based pilot to leverage OpenADR 2.0b and OCPP 2.0 for EV Charging

SAN FRANCISCO, February 17, 2015 -- Greenlots, a global provider of open standards-based technology solutions for electric vehicles, and its partner EVSE LLC, a leading electric vehicle charging manufacturer, today announced that they are supporting a California Public Utility Commission-approved workplace EV charging pilot for Southern California Edison (SCE), one of the nation’s largest electric utilities.

To conduct the pilot, SCE recently deployed 80 Level 2 chargers for a consumer behavior study to test fee-based charging and demand response (DR) at various SCE work facilities. The project, which started in October 2014, is among the first large scale pilots to use open standards protocols OpenADR 2.0b and OCPP in combination for electric vehicle charging.

According to Navigant Research, annual sales for workplace charging  is expected to surpass 63,000 by 2020 in the United States. While residential charging remains the top location for EV charging, workplace charging provides electric vehicle drivers with the range confidence they need to reliably make their daily commute. With the increase of electric vehicle adoption rates, utilities will be looking for a cost effective solution to address additional loads in an effort to stabilize the grid.

“By embracing workplace demand response programs, utilities gain new opportunities to engage their customers and avoid disintermediation by third parties,” said Brett Hauser, CEO of Greenlots. “More and more utilities are adopting applications that use open standards which gives them the flexibility to scale their implementations without the risk of vendor lock-in from proprietary solutions.”

SCE’s study will examine how electric vehicle drivers respond to demand response events and dynamic pricing when charging their EVs at the workplace. The data collected will provide a better understanding of how consumer behavior changes in response to these signals and, ultimately, how EV demand response programs at the workplace will impact building loads, energy costs, and grid flexibility. Currently, SCE employees are able to plug-in when they arrive at work and opt into demand response using EVSE LLC’s chargers and Payment Kiosk integrated with Greenlots’ SKY OCPP system and SCE’s Demand Response platform. By the end of 2015, the data collected will provide valuable insights into customer responsiveness, DR technologies that support non-proprietary charging options, open communications standards, and the potential for using EV’s in demand response programs.

The SCE pilot leverages the demand response and EV infrastructure industry’s two de facto open standards, OpenADR 2.0b and OCPP, the foundation of Greenlots’ SKY Smart Charging™, to manage EV loads without requiring separate systems for charging management. The pilot aims to inform future EV charging initiatives in many key areas, such as:

  • Evaluating the impact of EV charging on peak load and the effectiveness of managing the peak through automatic load curtailment.
  • Enabling consumers to opt-in or out of a demand response program.
  • Evaluating consumer response to a variety of pricing and DR strategies.
  • Identifying cost-effective strategies related to system development requirements.
  • Directly engaging customers in demand response programs through Greenlots applications.
  • Evaluating DR as a means of mitigating local transformer overload risk in areas with EV clusters.
  • Evaluating the potential for creating accurate load plans through site and region specific demand response management of EV charging.
  • Lowering system costs via open standards.
  • Enabling and evaluating charging system response to day-ahead and hour-ahead pricing and load curtailment signals.

“EVSE LLC’s implementation with Greenlots and SCE demonstrates the value of a flexible and smart EV charger platform that adapts to the specific needs of its customers,” said John Fahy, President of EVSE LLC. “As the EV infrastructure evolves more and more clients are looking to leverage existing in-place systems when deploying EV chargers. EVSE LLC is excited about this pilot with SCE and continues the company’s efforts with leading US utilities.”

“As more electric vehicles enter the market and more workplaces adopt charging for employees, it will be essential for utilities to cost-effectively manage periods of high demand on the electrical grid with demand response programs,” said Tom Walker, Director of New Program Development and Launch at Southern California Edison. “This project will help SCE determine how to extend demand response to thousands of EV drivers, will help SCE support California’s greenhouse gas emissions reductions and EV adoption goals, and allow workplaces to use power wisely.” 

About Greenlots:

Greenlots is a global provider of open standards-based technology solutions for electric vehicle (EV) networks and grid management. Designed to answer the needs of site hosts offering workplace and public charging applications, Greenlots' SKY Smart Charging™ platform is a robust network management solution that utilizes Open Charge Point Protocol (OCPP), the largest open standard for charger-to-network communications. SKY is the only charging network to be OpenADR 2.0b certified and enables utilities and site hosts to work together on demand response programs, leveraging EVs as a grid resource and avoiding costly energy infrastructure upgrades. Greenlots is headquartered in San Francisco and has deployed solutions in 13 countries around the globe. Visit www.greenlots.com for more information or follow us on Twitter @greenlots.

About Southern California Edison:

An Edison International (NYSE:EIX) company, Southern California Edison is one of the nation’s largest electric utilities, serving a population of nearly 14 million via 4.9 million customer accounts in a 50,000-square-mile service area within Central, Coastal and Southern California. You can find more information at: http://www.edison.com/home.html.

About EVSE LLC:

EVSE LLC (www.evsellc.com) is a subsidiary of Control Module Inc founded in 1969. EVSE LLC has focused on a modular EV charger platform to adapt to evolving customer requirements. EVSE’s flexibility has its roots in Control Module’s 45 year history of developing and integrating hardware and software with complex enterprise systems such as those used by Hertz, Disney, UPS and a long list of Fortune 500 clients.  EVSE LLC began its integrations work with Greenlots’ OCPP network in 2011, advancing open charging to ensure universal access for all EV drivers regardless of the charging station manufacturer.

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Siemens and Duke Energy Demonstrate Lower Cost Smart Charging Technology for Electric Vehicles

  • Demonstration proved new residential smart electric vehicle charging technologies can lower charging costs, assure grid reliability and provide greater customer awareness
  • Completed as part of grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability

NORCROSS, Ga.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Siemens Energy Management Division has teamed with Duke Energy to demonstrate the results of an 18-month effort to reduce the cost and expand electric vehicle charging technologies.

“This demonstration marks a turning point for the EV industry and proves the tangible benefits of bringing advanced EVSE technologies into the home and the power marketplace”

Held at the Duke Energy Envision Center in Erlanger, Ky., and utilizing a Ford Fusion Energi Plug-In Hybrid, Siemens provided the first Underwriters Laboratories (UL) approved residential electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) to demonstrate the ability to monitor status, report energy use, and be controlled locally from the local area network and from the cloud.

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QualityLogic Announces Cloud-Based Test System for OpenADR Products

Demand Response World Forum, Costa Mesa, CA – October 13, 2014 – QualityLogic Inc. (www.qualitylogic.com), the developer of the OpenADR Alliance Certification Test Harness, today announced the Cloud-Based Test System for OpenADR Virtual End Nodes (VENs) or clients, which will provide users with access to a Cloud server implementation of a certified Virtual Top Node (VTN). The system uses an OpenADR Alliance certified open source VTN released by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) to serve as a reference for testing Virtual End Nodes (VENs), as a platform for running small scale pilots, or as a learning tool to increase understanding of the OpenADR technology.

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AutoGrid Selected by Bonneville Power Administration for Demand Response Across Its Service Territory

AutoGrid Demand Response Optimization and Management System (DROMS) will enable fast demand response at Bonneville for managing peak capacity and renewable intermittency.

November 11, 2014
AutoGrid Systems’ award-winning demand response (DR) application has been selected to implement and manage advanced DR demonstrations for Bonneville Power Administration (BPA).  Under the initiative, DROMS will enable BPA to schedule and automate events and see actual load shed during events.

Established in 1937, BPA is responsible for marketing wholesale electricity to municipal utilities, co-operatives, investor-owned utilities, Native American tribal utilities and other customers.  In all, BPA serves 142 firm power customers, which in turn provide power to millions of consumers and businesses in Idaho, Oregon, Washington, western Montana and small parts of California, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming. Approximately 30 percent of the power used in the region comes from BPA.

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Universal Devices Brings “Energy Management In a Box” to Small & Medium Business Customers in California

Demand Response Program, Using OpenADR, Complies with State’s Title 24 Building Requirements  

October 17, 2014 Encino, Calif. – Universal Devices, a leader in energy management and automation devices, today announced the deployment of “Energy Management In a Box.” The new offering, the first low-cost system configured for the small and medium business (SMB) market, complies with California’s Title 24 building requirements and further extends demand response (DR) using OpenADR.

“This new offering integrates our powerful ISY994 automation platform with wireless thermostats to curb energy usage for small and medium business,” said Mike Ippolito, Chief Product Officer, Universal Devices. “This is the first product that allows business’ to take advantage of advanced energy management functions to monitor, manage, and automate their environment affordably”

Distributed exclusively by HD Supply Power Solutions [NASDAQ HDS] and through select contractors, the “Energy Management In a Box” product combines the powerful Universal Devices ISY994 Automation platform with up to 64 thermostats in an easy-to-configure solution. The powerful programmability of the ISY994 platform allows installers and building managers complete flexibility to define advanced “If-Then-Else” conditions using schedules, current and forecast weather, occupancy and room temperatures to manage a comfortable work environment. With easily integrated optional sensors, light controls, or other IoT devices, the business can securely manage all aspects of energy management with one simple interface from their computer or mobile device.

The “Commercial Advanced Thermostat Upgrade Program” necessitated this new energy management offering. The program is administered by Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), which is regulated by the California Public Utilities Commission. PG&E contacts businesses during pre-defined peak periods to voluntarily shed electric loads using the OpenADR 2.0b specification for communication. Using advanced logic, the ISY994 platform allows the business owner to define rules to intelligently respond to these messages or simply opt-out at any thermostat. More information on this program is available at http://www.pgeadvancedthermostatupgrade.com/ 

“The combination of automation and demand response eligibility makes the ‘Energy Management In a Box’ the future of controls for air conditioning systems,” said Victor Valladares, president, Valley Mechanicals.

More on Universal Devices ISY994

The Universal Devices ISY994, the most powerful automation controller for home, business and industry, provides a low cost automation platform for truly controlling energy costs. It is capable of communicating with a wide variety of off-the-shelf devices such as thermostats, lighting, security systems and pumps wirelessly using ZigBee, Z-Wave, INSTEON, or via Network and direct contacts. In addition, the ISY994 series, when properly equipped, can read energy consumption from individual devices and smart meters.  Unlike other solutions that use ‘the cloud’ to process and store information, the ISY994 allows users to keep their information private by running everything local, but yet accessible from a variety of devices.  More information is available at www.universal-devices.com

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EnTouch Controls Leading Industry with OpenADR 2.0 Certification; Company
Provides Demand Response Services to Restaurants and Retailers

RICHARDSON, TEXAS – Oct. 14, 2014 – EnTouch Controls, a market leader of energy management as a service (EMaaS) and contributing member of the OpenADR Alliance, today announced that its EnTouch Controls EnTouch360° DR is OpenADR 2.0 certified.

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EcoFactor Delivers Verified Energy and Demand Results that Surpass the Competition

Third Party report shows EcoFactor outperforms all other Home Energy Management solutions including Nest and Opower by achieving 4kW per home demand savings and 11 percent AC energy savings

Redwood City, Calif. — August 26, 2014 — EcoFactor®, the leader in cloud-based home energy management services, today announced third-party measurement and verification results from its deployment as the heart  of NV Energy’s mPowered program, one of the country’s largest and most successful residential integrated demand side management (IDSM) programs, with more than 22,000 customers so far. The report, filed with the PUC of Nevada by NV Energy, confirms that in 2013 EcoFactor reduced AC usage by 11 percent and reduced peak loads by more than 4 kW per connected home and more than 2.7 kW per connected thermostat. The EcoFactor solution accomplished all this while maintaining consumer comfort and saving them an average of $100 per year. As a result, the program has now proven both that it is cost-effective and that it delivers an 86 percent customer satisfaction rating, as measured by NV Energy.

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Universal Devices integrates real time weather with OpenADR and home automation platform.

June 11, 2014 Encino, CA – Universal Devices, an industry leader in energy management and automation devices, announced today general availability of its enhanced weather reporting and forecast module. Together with HAMweather's Aeris service, users can now utilize weather data to make smart energy management decisions with the ISY994 platform.

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Powerit Solutions Receives OpenADR Alliance 2.0b Profile Certification

 

Full-Feature Specification for Complex Energy Management Solutions Enriches Demand Response and Distributed Energy Resource Management at Wholesale and Retail Levels

Seattle, WA., May 21, 2014 – Powerit Solutions, an international energy management technology company, today announced receipt of the OpenADR 2.0b Profile Specification certification. 

OpenADR 2.0b is a full-feature specification for complex energy management solutions supporting automated demand response (DR) and distributed energy resource management for both wholesale and retail programs.

Released in July 2013, OpenADR 2.0b builds on OpenADR 2.0a and the earlier OpenADR 1.0, which has been supported by Powerit Solutions.

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