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Energate Inc. has announced that its Consumer Connected Demand Response (CCDR) platform for a two-way residential demand response solution has been qualified to operate over Sensus' FlexNet advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) technology.

CCDR provides consumers with ZigBee-enabled smart thermostats, load control switches and in-home displays, along with mobile applications and Web portals to help them make informed energy consumption choices that align with the smart energy programs being offered by utilities, according to Energate.

"Energate's CCDR interoperability with our FlexNet utility communications network provides utilities and consumers with a powerful energy management solution," says Matt Ferguson, director of marketing at Sensus. "This level of interoperability with Energate is yet another example of Sensus technology providing the flexibility that utilities need to communicate with their customers' home area networks."

Additional Energate products that are qualified for FlexNet include in-home devices such as Energate's Foundation smart thermostat and Home Energy Gateway, along with Energate load switches and in-home displays. Each of these Energate products qualifies for funding as part of the Ontario Power Authority's (OPA) peaksaver PLUS program.

PowerStream, a municipally owned energy solutions company that delivers power and related services to more than 355,000 customers in Ontario, is scheduled to be the first utility to install CCDR over FlexNet early this year.

PowerStream will be leveraging Energate's home energy management and demand response solution to deliver OPA's peaksaver PLUS program to residential customers as a means of reducing energy consumption during periods of peak demand over its existing FlexNet investment.

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