Voltus, Resideo, and Google Nest to Launch First Bring-Your-Own-Thermostat Program That Delivers Grid Support During Unplanned Power Plant Outages and Periods of Peak Demand
PPL Electric Customers with Resideo's Honeywell Home Thermostats or Google Nest Thermostats Can Earn New Incentives
SAN FRANCISCO & BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Voltus, Inc. ("Voltus"), the leading distributed energy resource (DER) software technology platform, together with Resideo (NYSE: REZI), a leading global provider of home comfort and security solutions and a distributed energy resource management system (DERMS), and Google Nest, today announced the launch of the first bring-your-own-thermostat program that will deliver both demand response capacity and ancillary services value to PJM Interconnection, the nation’s largest electric grid operator. The program is now available to select customers of PPL Electric Utilities in Pennsylvania.
“Resideo is an active participant in decarbonizing the electric grid and our Connected Savings Program sets a new standard in balancing comfort with energy efficiency,” said Phil Theodore, President of Products & Solutions at Resideo. "Together with other industry leaders, we are helping create a more sustainable future by utilizing our market-leading smart thermostat portfolio integrations and demand response technology to help reduce the impact to the environment."
In addition to participating in its Connected Savings Program, each of Resideo’s Honeywell Home thermostat customers has the option to fund the planting of fifty native trees in Pennsylvania's Chesapeake Bay watershed. These streamside forested buffers can help control erosion, restore water quality, protect the local environment and improve air quality.
“We’re thrilled to be working with industry leaders Resideo and Google to demonstrate that residential customers can reliably support grid stability in both ancillary services and capacity markets,” said Dana Guernsey, Voltus Chief Product Officer and Co-founder. “Today, smart thermostats typically only deliver value during the hottest afternoons of the year when AC usage is at its peak. The Voltus platform can dispatch DERs at a moment’s notice, which is required to deliver operating reserves to address sudden, unexpected grid supply constraints, like traditional power plants unexpectedly being unavailable. There are an estimated 34 million smart thermostats in the US, each capable of delivering about one kilowatt of controllable electricity demand, or 34,000 MW in total.”
The Resideo Energy Management Platform manages more than one-quarter of a gigawatt of Demand Response (DR) capacity with another 12 GWh of optimized energy efficiency across the U.S. Resideo serves more than 25 of the nation’s utility portfolios, providing DR, energy market, energy efficiency and behavioral services to major markets throughout the nation.
The Voltus software platform connects DERs to electricity markets, maximizing the availability of these resources to grid operators. Comprised of all DER asset types, from the smallest DERs (e.g. smart thermostats and other residential resources) to the largest DERs (e.g. manufacturing facilities, data centers, big box retail), Voltus is the only DER software platform participating in all nine U.S. and Canadian wholesale power markets.
About Resideo Energy Management
Resideo's Energy Management business offers peak demand reduction, automated energy efficiency, behavioral energy efficiency, and automated time of use for customers across the U.S. Resideo's energy-saving devices helped its customers save 1.2 Billion Kilowatt hours in 2020. Already working with major utilities across the nation, the company recently expanded to include additional distributed energy resources. For additional information, utilities can visit ConnectedSavings.com.
Resideo is a leading global manufacturer and distributor of technology-driven products and solutions that provide comfort, security, energy efficiency and control to customers worldwide. Building on a 130-year heritage, Resideo has a presence in more than 150 million homes, with 15 million systems installed in homes each year. We continue to serve more than 110,000 professionals through leading distributors, including our ADI Global Distribution business, which exports to more than 100 countries from nearly 200 stocking locations around the world. For more information about Resideo, please visit www.resideo.com
The Honeywell Home trademark is used under a long-term license to Resideo from Honeywell International Inc.
Voltus is the leading software technology platform connecting distributed energy resources to electricity markets, delivering less expensive, more reliable, and more sustainable electricity. Our commercial and industrial customers and DER partners generate cash by allowing Voltus to maximize the value of their flexible load, distributed generation, energy storage, energy efficiency, and electric vehicle resources in these markets. To learn more, visit www.voltus.co.
On November 30, 2021, Broadscale Acquisition Corp. ("Broadscale") (Nasdaq: SCLE) entered into a definitive agreement for a business combination with Voltus. The combined company is expected to be listed on the Nasdaq upon completion of the transaction. The transaction is expected to occur in the second quarter of 2022 and is subject to approval by Broadscale's stockholders, the registration statement being declared effective by the SEC, and other customary closing conditions.
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