Sense, Alliant Energy and Cadmus Collaborate on New Study

Real-time demand response pilot with 500 customers to start

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., April 4, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Sense today announced that its home energy monitoring technology will be part of a new program to assess the impacts of real-time energy information on energy efficiency and demand response. for Wisconsin customers. Developed in conjunction with strategic consultancy Cadmus, the program uses Sense Home Energy Monitor to help customers understand their energy usage in greater detail via the Sense mobile app. This technology is currently being used in a study in 400 Alliant Energy – Wisconsin households.

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The program recently received approval from the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSCW). Alliant Energy will begin to study demand response with a new group of 500 Wisconsin households from early next month, while continuing its assessment of the energy efficiency of the 400 households that registered earlier.

The next phase of the pilot project will help Alliant Energy evaluate how communicating with customers in real time about power grid constraints can produce demand reduction in addition to saving energy. Customers will be able to use Sense’s innovative technology to respond by shifting their highest household energy consumption to off-peak hours. This real-time customer response could help Alliant Energy operate its portion of the power grid more efficiently and economically.

The pilot project will also examine new uses of Sense such as fault detection of air conditioners, smart plug integration and charging behavior of electric vehicles.

Innovative home energy technology is essential
Unlike other approaches that cannot report real-time data, the Sense home intelligence app gives customers a live view of what’s going on in the home. This helps customers identify devices and appliances that are consuming too much power and can be updated or replaced, or their use moved to different times during demand response events. This real-time, personalized, mobile app-based interaction increases customer engagement.

“Consumers play an important role in reducing energy use as the grid transitions to renewables to address the impacts of climate change,” said Sense Vice President of Energy Services. Colin Gibbs. “Alliant Energy provides its customers with the kinds of smart home insights that can lead to significantly better energy efficiency outcomes while providing benefits for demand response programs.

The development of flexible charging resources represents the next evolution of energy efficiency programs
“We appreciate the Commission’s continued support for our mission to expand the use of innovative technologies and deliver energy solutions to our customers,” said Ben Lipari, director of resource development at Alliant Energy. “Our pilot program of Sense’s technology will help our customers better understand their energy use and help them actively manage it in real time. Fostering this kind of engagement is critical to the success of accelerating our transition to renewable energy as outlined in our Clean Energy Master Plan and maintain the economic and environmental health of the communities we serve.”

“Programs are often aimed at either reducing energy consumption or reducing demand, but in today’s energy world, these two facets of energy consumption are inextricably linked, especially when it comes to It’s about devices that could have huge impacts on both, like air conditioners,” said Amalia HicksDirector at Cadmus.

“The evolution of this program will allow Alliant Energy and its customers to go beyond simple energy savings to define the right Hourly for energy savings, which promotes demand flexibility,” she said.

Results from past programs show engagement and energy savings among customers
In previous studies of Sense home energy monitoring technology, more than half of pilot customers (56%) changed their daily habits to reduce their energy use. Some of the key actions taken by customers include:

  • lower the temperature of the water heater

  • unplug consumer electronics when not in use

  • adjust their thermostats (which can affect furnace and air conditioning use)

Analysis of consumption data on peak days revealed that air conditioners, “always-on” loads, refrigerators, and clothes dryers were the main contributors to the peak load.

Through targeted email messaging and in-app notifications, over 85% of respondents indicated they were aware of from Wisconsin Focus on Energy Program. The majority attributed their notoriety to their participation in the Sense Home Energy Monitor program.

The benefits of the program have been tested with a diverse sample of customers, including:

  • rural and urban customers

  • high energy users and average users

  • low to middle income households

Sense has been an Alliant Energy partner since 2017. The Home Energy Monitor program was developed in collaboration with the PSCW and its assessment partner Cadmus.

Sense’s vision for the future
With smart home and grid connectivity, Sense technology will be able to discover problems and optimize energy use even more efficiently than it does today. For example, electric vehicle charging will be automated to occur at times when the grid’s carbon intensity is lowest. Utilities will be able to take advantage of these capabilities the same way they do today with automated demand response programs.

About Sense
Sense’s mission is to reduce global carbon emissions by making homes smarter and more efficient. We empower people to take care of their homes and families while contributing to a cleaner, more resilient future. Founded in 2013 by voice recognition pioneers, Sense uses machine learning technology to provide real-time insights into device behavior, even for devices that aren’t “smart”. Customers rely on Sense for a wide range of uses, including monitoring their home appliances, determining if they’ve left appliances running, and identifying how to reduce their energy costs. Sense has received investments from two of the world’s largest energy technology companies, Schneider Electric and Landis + Gyr. Sense is headquartered in Cambridge, Mass. To make sense of your energy, visit: https://sense.com.

About Alliant Energy1
Combining Energy Wisconsin energy company, based in Madison, Wis., serves 485,000 electricity customers and 200,000 natural gas customers. The company’s mission is to deliver the exceptional energy solutions and services that customers and communities rely on – safely, efficiently and responsibly. Alliant Energy (NASDAQ:LNT) is a member of the Nasdaq CRD Sustainability Index, Bloomberg Gender Equality Index 2022 and S&P 500. For more information, visit alliantenergy.com and follow Alliant Energy on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Named to Newsweek’s 2022 list of America’s Most Responsible Companies, Alliant Energy is committed to accelerating its transition to renewable energy. Of the society Clean Energy Master Plan describes the utility’s transition and its efforts to achieve many goals, including net zero emissions from the energy it generates.

About Cadmus
Cadmus is a strategic and technical consulting firm compelled to help solve the world’s toughest problems. We bring together exceptional teams of leading experts leveraging transformative technologies to work seamlessly across disciplines to help our clients achieve extraordinary results. From energy, water and transport to safety, security and resilience, together we strengthen society and the natural world.

1 Alliant Energy has sought approval from the PSCW to run the Sense® home energy monitoring pilot program in June 2017. Subsequently, AE Development Holdco LLC, a subsidiary of Alliant Energy, invested in Energy Impact Partners, a group of companies that includes Sense Labs Inc. These investments were made with shareholders’ money and were not included in the regulated rates charged for utilities. The pilot program and its results are independently authorized and evaluated annually by the PSCW and its evaluation partner, Cadmus.

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