Opower and Honeywell have partnered to create the Energy Management Platform, which seeks to provide homeowners with tools to increase their energy efficiency through demand response and integrated efficiency programs with utilities. Participation in the program would mean 220 megawatts of peak shed capacity for utilities. SmartGrid News reports:
It is, they said, the first technology to give utilities auditable peak load and permanent load reduction. A recent survey of more than half of the DR programs in the country found the average participation rate among residential customers is now 13%. Honeywell and OPower predict the new platform will boost that rate to at least 20% because of user-friendly elements like mobile access to energy information and control.