REGEN Energy(TM)'s Swarm Energy Management(TM) Proven Effective in SMUD Pilot Study
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., Sept. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — REGEN Energy(TM) is pleased to announce the release of a report publicizing the results of a research project with Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD). This study, in cooperation with the utility and an independent program evaluator, showed peak reduction capabilities that translated into energy and bill savings for customers and peak load savings for SMUD.
SMUD wanted to test Swarm Energy Management(TM) in a commercial sector that includes buildings with rooftop air conditioners for which effective energy management solutions are difficult to find. The study was designed to test the technology's impact on peak use and energy consumption, as well as customer comfort, at such facilities. REGEN's Swarm Energy Management controllers were installed at five different sites which exemplified this underserved market segment.
"The study demonstrated that the technology can successfully manage air conditioners to save both peak and annual energy," said Vikki Wood, SMUD Project Manager. "In addition, at the demand response levels we tested, the technology reduced demand during critical peak events without adversely affecting occupant comfort."
"We're excited to be able to participate in so many commercial DR programs throughout California, especially given that Swarm Energy Management is OpenADR-ready out of the box," said Tim Angus, President and CEO of REGEN Energy.
One of the participants in the study was Emigh ACE Hardware, one of Sacramento's oldest and most well-respected retail establishments. Craig Franklin, General Manager at Emigh ACE Hardware, said, "REGEN helped lower our energy costs and identified simple ways to further reduce energy use. I gained insight into how our building uses power, which should significantly reduce our electrical bill."
The demonstration project and its results will be discussed in detail at the Autovation conference on October 1(st), 2012 in Long Beach, California.