Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

National Grid becomes first customer of smart thermostat, energy management service

Iain Morris
July 15, 2014
 
Smart energy players CEIVA and Carrier are combining their technologies to help utility companies provide energy-efficiency and demand-response programs to their customers.

Under the partnership, CEIVA will combine its home energy management system with Carrier’s smart thermostat technology to deliver a range of energy benefits to utilities and consumers.

The organizations have also revealed that National Grid (London, UK) has already signed up to use the integrated solution, becoming its first customer.

Utilities will be able to share real-time demand information and adjust thermostat settings based on outside temperatures so their residential customers can reduce energy costs.

Customers, meanwhile, will be able to monitor and control their home energy usage through the use of mobile devices and web platforms.

“Increasing integration between forward-thinking thermostat and HEMS companies has the potential to make a significant impact on home energy management,” said Farah Saeed, a principal consultant with Frost & Sullivan, commenting on the announcement. “These partnerships bring us closer to a one-stop shop for utilities to deploy all the residential efficiency tools they have in their toolbox.”

Besides revealing that National Grid will become the partnership’s first utility customer, CEIVA and Carrier have indicated plans to equip Carrier’s 200,000 smart thermostats throughout the US with the home energy management system from CEIVA.

“Utilities face increasing mandates to reduce home energy use and engage their customers,” said Dean Schiller, CEIVA’s chief executive. “Heating and cooling are significant drivers of home energy use – in some regions, they can account for more than 50% of the home’s total energy.”

CEIVA’s platform works by gathering information from smart meters and then presenting it in a variety of formats.

Utilities have been able to use the platform to deploy customized demand-response programs and encourage customer engagement around energy use, says CEIVA.
 
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