TORONTO - REGEN Energy™ has announced the availability of its OpenADR (Open Automated Demand Response) solution for summer 2011. According to the company, its simple, wireless EnviroGrid™ demand management technology enables building owners to participate in OpenADR, whether directly with a utility or through a load aggregator, at a fraction of the cost and complexity compared to using an energy management system (EMS). Most facilities can be installed and commissioned within one day by a HVAC technician, said the company, making EnviroGrid one of the fastest deployment solutions available.

REGEN Energy said the OpenADR standard, already in use by many of California’s largest utilities, allows customers to receive automatic demand response signals to control building equipment such as air conditioning and lighting, which can represent over 50 percent of total building electrical load. Customers are eligible for utility incentives if they participate via OpenADR.

Commercial and industrial customers have needed an EMS installed and customized to utilize OpenADR. But REGEN noted that Department of Energy surveys indicate that 75 percent of buildings do not have an EMS, restricting adoption of OpenADR to a small segment of the market.

EnviroGrid employs REGEN’s patented wireless swarm logic controllers to distribute a demand response event’s curtailment across loads and across time as smoothly as possible, providing substantially better occupant comfort compared to conventional temperature setback or load limiting techniques, the company said. The company noted that EnviroGrid also provides consumption reduction and peak demand reduction benefits beyond demand response events, generating energy efficiency savings for customers year-round. “Even buildings with an EMS can profit from the use of REGEN’s system, as EnviroGrid can be integrated with existing control systems to provide additional benefits in conjunction with OpenADR connectivity,” said Tim Angus, CEO of REGEN Energy.

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Publication date:06/20/2011