From June 2011
to May 2013
- Vila Roriz, Portugal
ISA-Intelligent Sensing Anywhere, S.A. (provided the technology)
CoopRoriz - Energy cooperative whose customers entered the pilot.
To test how a cheap energy monitoring solution could be the basis for a residential Demand Response programme that would rely on a large customer base, rather than on very large industrial consumers.
End customers in a rural area
ISA-Intelligent Sensing Anywhere
ISA's Cloogy device was installed in the home of 700 customers, and a special plug was granted the authorization to cut power to an appliance (typically a freezer) for a number of hours upon the utility's request.
The results show that it is technically feasible to perform Demand Response even in a residential environment with very small loads, provided a large customer base is part of the programme.
The biggest hurdle is explaining the benefits of the system to end-users without a technical background.