A new program that will offer registered residential and small business customers an incentive to reduce their power consumption during peak system demand periods will soon be available from Pinal County Electric District No. 3.
ED3, which supplies electricity to Maricopa, plans to deploy a smart thermostat demand response program in 2023. It selected the National Rural Telecommunications Council and AutoGrid to deploy a distributed energy resource management system.
Demand response programs reduce power consumption, reduce carbon emissions, and help protect the grid during periods of peak power consumption and system stress.
Through their partnership with NRTC and AutoGrid, ED3 will use registered smart thermostat devices to reduce peak system demand and more efficiently manage electrical power during the summer months.
The program will be structured as a “bring your own device” for certain models of smart thermostats. ED3 will continue to offer rebates for smart thermostats in 2023 as well as an annual incentive to participate in the program.
“ED3 is excited to offer residential customers the opportunity to take an active role in energy conservation within their community, as well as the opportunity to take more informed action regarding their personal energy use during off-hours. peak,” said Cassandra Friend, ED3 energy services representative.
Demand response programs save energy costs for the customer and the utility.