Increasing Access to Smart and Affordable Energy for Customers and Resource Adequacy for the California Grid
Testing whether 7,000 residential electricity load shifting devices can provide competitive grid services
The project purpose is to demonstrate advanced grid services provided to the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) and provide cost savings for electric utility customers through time-of-use load shifting and direct incentives. Using technology funded by ARPA-E, Packetized Energy has developed a grid flexibility software platform that integrates with smart appliances. The demonstration will include at least 4 MW of flexible capacity managed by Packetized Energy aggregated from up to 7,000 new and existing smart energy devices, such as smart thermostats, smart plugs, Mello smart thermostat retrofits for existing electric resistance water heaters, and existing mini split air conditioners, as well as electric vehicle chargers and electricity storage battery systems. The recipient will partner with Community Based Organization GRID Alternatives to ensure that as many of the devices as possible are installed in and benefit low income and disadvantaged communities.
The project will demonstrate cost savings for electric utility customers through time-of-use load shifting and direct incentives.
With up to 4 MW of aggregated residential flexible load-shifting, the project will demonstrate advanced grid services provided to the California Independent System Operator (CAISO).