DR down under: Bidgely app delivers 30% peak load reductions in Australia
- Bidgely announced yesterday it had helped Australian utility United Energy reduce load by a startling 30% during peak events during the 2016 summer season, a number that is likely to have many questioning the potential of demand response programs.
- The company's ActionDR mobile app delivered "personalized targets and real-time feedback to each customer," the company said.
- Bidgely, an analytics company, is known for their home management system which allows the user to view and control the energy use of individual appliances in the home without adding any additional hardware like smart plugs, CEO Abhay Gupta told Utility Dive last year.
There are a lot of details not included in Bidgely's announcement, and Australian utilities operate well ... on the other side of the world. So the extent to which we're comparing apples to grapefruit isn't known. But a 30% load reduction on peak events is still a huge accomplishment.
United Energy serves about 640,000 customers in the territory of Victoria. It is not clear how many customers were in the Bidgely pilot, how many peak events were called, or the extent of customer incentives.
Last year, the company secured $16.6 million in Series B funding last year to expand their HomeBeat energy management suite.
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