Virtual Peaker’s distributed energy resource management system (DERMS) helps utilities like FortisBC seamlessly manage their distributed energy resources including rooftop solar, residential battery storage, and EVs. As renewable sources become more common, utilities can use demand response software to customize and scale their operations.
The FortisBC peak saver pilot program leverages Virtual Peaker’s software platform to control residential smart devices that help reduce energy use, save money, lower greenhouse gas emissions, and support the province’s climate action goals. Launched in late February, the pilot program remotely adjusts settings on electric space-heating and -cooling equipment as well as electric water heaters, EV chargers, and pool pumps during previously designated short periods of high demand when electricity is most expensive.
The demand response pilot is open to qualified residential customers who can use the “Bring Your Own Device” (customer-provided) or direct-install (utility-provided) approach and live in select areas of Kelowna, British Columbia.
“During cold snaps or heat waves, or when everyone gets home from work and turns their appliances on at the same time, the demand for electricity peaks across our system and makes it more expensive to provide electricity,” said Max Mathies, P.Eng., engineer, Conservation and Energy Management at FortisBC.
“Participants in our Peak Saver Pilot Program get to not only test out leading-edge technologies, they can also help us meet our ambitious 30BY30 target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2030, creating a more sustainable future for all British Columbians.”
“Virtual Peaker welcomes FortisBC as the first Canadian utility to implement our demand response technology that reduces energy usage and cost while preserving customer comfort at home,” said William (Bill) Burke, founder and CEO of Virtual Peaker. “The energy industry is constantly evolving, and forward-thinking utilities like FortisBC that use our platform to manage and scale their programs can deliver renewable energy that ultimately lead to a more sustainable planet.”