FOX26: Company will pay people to help reduce energy use during peak hours
By Stephen Hawkins
FOX26 – April 15, 2021
FRESNO, Calif. (FOX26) — An Oakland company says its free service helps you use energy when it’s cleanest and rewards you for saving when it’s dirty.
OhmConnect is bringing relief to California’s power grid by enabling low-income residents to save energy with a $3 million California Energy Commission (CEC) grant.
The grant extends a successful CEC-funded effort by OhmConnect focused on Empowering Prosumers to Access Wholesale Energy Products in a mission to support reimagining the way people collectively use energy.
“This grant signifies government investment in a demand-response model, which our energy infrastructure desperately needs,” said Cisco DeVries, CEO, OhmConnect. “But more importantly, it’s an investment that empowers families, especially those who have the most to benefit, to reduce their energy, have an immediate impact on their communities, and receive compensation for their efforts.”
An estimated 40% of OhmConnect customers are low-to-moderate income families, and this grant will extend the company’s role in California to help people save energy and earn money, especially in times of need.
“The Energy Commission is proud to support OhmConnect in its work to provide California customers the tools they need to conserve power when it matters most,” said David Hochschild, Chair, California Energy Commission. “Today’s $3M grant represents another important milestone in California’s efforts to build a clean and reliable grid for the future.”
OhmConnect pays residential customers to conserve power during times of peak demand, sells the collective energy savings back to the grid, and then passes their earnings onto their users in the form of cash and prizes. OhmConnect users are rewarded for smart energy use while saving on their utility bills and reducing their carbon footprint.
The $3 million funding project aims to:
- Bring immediate relief to California grid reliability shortages by providing at least 25MW of flexible demand capacity in California in 2021.
- Create a sustainable growth pathway to increase capacity in subsequent program years.
- Enroll users in disadvantaged communities in flexible demand.
- Increase the number of connections with grid-responsive smart devices.
- Maintain reliable reductions of electricity during grid events.
California residents can sign up for OhmConnect for free by clicking here.