CCEC is partnering with Franklin Energy, a leading provider of energy efficiency and energy integration solutions, to launch a new programa> using smart home technology to reduce peak energy use and provide a higher level of service to electric cooperative members. Electricity is most expensive when demand for it is highest, and the cooperatives’ partnership with Franklin Energy will help co-ops manage power costs and ensure the reliable delivery of electricity.
The program will initially be offered to eligible homeowners and renters with a WiFi connection and who meet energy use criteria that would most benefit them and the participating cooperatives. Participating members will be able to purchase a Nest or ecobee smart thermostat at a discounted rate and will also receive an incentive for installing a WiFi-enabled controller on their electric water heater.
When these smart devices are in place, CCEC will have the ability to adjust their settings during times of high demand for power, keeping energy use and costs lower while maintaining comfortable in-home and hot water temperatures. The adjustment can be overridden by the member if desired.
“This forward-thinking approach will allow our members to work together to reduce energy use and costs for our entire cooperative,” said Jake Joplin, CEO & General Manager of CCEC. “It’s another great example of the cooperative difference in action, and we look forward to helping our members make the most of its benefits.”
Program enrollment is expected to begin this spring. The program is part of a larger effort to optimize the grid and make it more flexible and efficient, with the goal of providing the most affordable and reliable power possible to cooperative members.