ST. LOUIS (April 30, 2013) – Emerson Climate Technologies, a business segment of Emerson (NYSE:EMR), today announced it will install its two new energy management devices in a pilot program for Habersham Electric Cooperative, a Southeastern electric utility, and its customers. Emerson’s Smart Energy Thermostat and newly-developed Water Heater Control will allow customers to remotely monitor and control energy consumption in real-time.
Together, Emerson’s devices will provide energy-use visibility for both the utility and the homeowner for systems that account for more than 60 percent of home energy usage. This information can be used to improve energy efficiency, understand peak demand times, and track energy costs against a budget, all of which help utilities to reduce possible outages due to energy grid overload.
Habersham Electric Cooperative, based in Clarkesville, Georgia, is one of many utilities around the country looking for ways to enhance demand response and energy efficiency programs for its customers as electric loads on the smart grid continue to increase. “We are constantly looking for ways to help our customers reduce costs and increase energy efficiency,” says Curt Arulf, vice president of engineering and operations at Habersham. “Emerson’s Smart Energy Thermostat and Water Heater Control are great solutions because they provide instant data to help customers actively manage their budgets and energy use.”
Emerson’s Smart Energy Thermostat is software agnostic, allowing interoperability for utilities that want to implement any software solution. “Our research indicated a void in the programmable communicating thermostat market that forced utilities to choose between low-cost, de-featured products or high-priced over-designed ones,” said Geoff Godwin, vice president of marketing at Emerson. “Our device was designed for optimal data presentation, but priced for the mass market. Likewise, the user interface is consistent with today’s most popular smartphones to ensure a positive user experience.”
Emerson’s new Water Heater Control was specifically designed for electric water heaters. The device communicates with other wireless devices in the home area network (HAN) through ZigBee and other standard protocols. The development of the Water Heater Control was partially funded through a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) grant.
Emerson collaborated with systems integrator EnerSphere Communications on the pilot program for 25 trial participants. The companies look to expand the program to rural electric cooperatives and commercial entities, including grocery stores and retailers throughout the U.S.
To learn more about Emerson Climate Technologies’ solutions for utilities, visit www.EmersonClimate.com/utility.
About Emerson Climate Technologies
Emerson Climate Technologies, a business segment of Emerson, is the world’s leading provider of heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration solutions for residential, industrial, and commercial applications. The group combines best-in-class technology with proven engineering, design, distribution, and educational and monitoring services to provide customized, integrated climate-control solutions for customers worldwide. Emerson Climate Technologies’ innovative solutions, which include industry-leading brands such as Copeland Scroll and White-Rodgers, improve human comfort, safeguard food, and protect the environment. Learn more about Emerson Climate Technologies products and services at www.EmersonClimate.com.
Emerson (NYSE: EMR), based in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), is a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions for customers in industrial, commercial, and consumer markets around the world. The company is comprised of five business segments: Process Management, Industrial Automation, Network Power, Climate Technologies, and Commercial & Residential Solutions. Sales in fiscal 2012 were $24.4 billion. For more information, visit www.Emerson.com.
About EnerSphere Communications, Inc.
Established in 2011, EnerSphere is a systems integrator and service provider serving rural electric cooperatives with low-cost, open, IP-based, home energy management solutions. These solutions are provided over 3rd party or our own broadband networks and allow utilities and their customers to remotely monitor and control electric energy consumption on a real-time basis. The company applies principles and lessons learned in competitive wireless and IT markets to utilities. The resulting energy efficiency and broadband choice results in job creation and economic growth. For more information, visit www.enersphere.com.