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Palo Alto, Calif.-based AutoGrid Systems has announced that it will collaborate with community-owned utility Austin Energy to deploy and enhance AutoGrid's Demand Response Optimization and Management System (DROMS).

Under the initiative, Austin Energy will initially use DROMS to monitor and manage peak power at selected residences and electric vehicle supply equipment in its service territory. As the program expands, DROMS will allow Austin Energy to obtain a unified view of all demand-side resources in its service territory, according to AutoGrid.

DROMS will interface with smart thermostats and home energy management equipment from a variety of manufacturers that are purchased by consumers at retail stores or online. AutoGrid says this retail aggregation model will help increase program adoption and overall satisfaction.

AutoGrid's DROMS will also be employed to analyze data related to consumer behavior, the impact of pricing signals and the effectiveness of different demand management strategies to help Austin Energy optimize future demand management programs. In addition, Austin Energy will be working with AutoGrid to design demand-side management programs that could lay the foundation for ancillary services for grid balancing needs and better integration with existing Electric Reliability Council of Texas  market programs.

The deployment will be funded in part by the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Projects Research Agency - Energy. Austin Energy will additionally provide funding for further development and deployment of this technology.

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