Snohomish County PUD has launched the FlexEnergy pilot program to use demand-response approaches for shifting energy usage.

Based on the type of smart device enrolled, SnoPUD customers will be able to participate in FlexTime, FlexResponse or FlexPeak pilots.

FlexTime is based on time-dynamic rate designs, FlexResponse on event-driven demand response and FlexPeak on critical peak pricing.

Customers who enroll in the Customer Choice program can choose to take part in either the FlexTime or FlexPeak pilot.

The FlexEnergy pilot allows customers to enroll Google Nest and ecobee smart thermostats, and ChargePoint and EnelX connected electric vehicle chargers. Enrolled customers will receive alerts on those devices for specific pilot events.

"As we make plans to build the grid of the future that will meet customers' energy demands, we want to partner with our customers to ensure that energy remains reliable and environmentally sustainable," John Haarlow, SnoPUD CEO and general manager, said in a prepared statement. "Shifting usage from peak demand periods, when there is the greatest strain on the grid, to when energy is more available saves money for all of our customers."

The PUD has partnered with Virtual Peaker, a cloud-based energy management platform, to deploy its FlexEnergy pilots. Virtual Peaker's distributed energy resources management system will be used to enable customer and communicating device enrollment, event scheduling and management, and pilot analytics.

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