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Energate Inc., a provider of demand response and home energy management solutions, has announced the signing of its contract with the Ontario Ministry of Energy's Smart Grid Fund for $2.9 million in support of the company's Consumer Engagement for the Smart Grid (CESG) project. In addition, Energate announced the creation of a CESG Advisory Board, which will play a key advisory role in the planning and execution of the CESG project.

The objective of this $7.8 million project, implemented by Energate with the support of the Ontario Ministry of Energy's Smart Grid Fund and six Ontario local distribution companies, is to stimulate consumers' engagement in home energy management by leveraging and extending the smart grid into the home.

As part of the CESG project, Energate and a number of Ontario utilities will be testing different combinations of portals, mobile applications, smart thermostats and other technologies and programs that leverage Energate's Consumer Connected Demand Response (CCDR) home energy management platform, which has been approved for use across Ontario's peaksaver PLUSprogram. As part of the CESG project, Energate plans to deploy home energy dashboards and controls, features, functions, portals and mobile apps for market feedback in more than 1,000 homes across Ontario over the next 18 months.

Energate’s new CESG Advisory Board will meet quarterly to provide guidance to the program. According to the company, the board holds members and observers from various utilities, trade organizations and academia, including Peter Delaney, CEO of Oklahoma Gas & Electric; Bryce Conrad, CEO of Hydro Ottawa; Lisa Wood, executive director of the Energy Efficiency Institute; Brian Bentz, president and CEO of PowerStream; and Myles D'Arcey, Hydro One’s senior vice president of customer operations.



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