GridRewards Pilot Program Launched; Enables Energy Users to Participate in Con Edison’s Demand Response Programs and Earn Cash Rewards for Energy Efficiency
Sustainable Westchester, a nonprofit consortium of Westchester municipalities, in partnership with GBA member Logical Buildings , has launched its GridRewards pilot program. The GridRewards program leverages Logical Buildings’ SmartKit AI™ gamified mobile app to enable residences and businesses in Westchester County, New York with a Con Edison account to digitally monitor and manage their energy usage and participate in Con Edison’s demand response programs. The SmartKit AI app notifies GridRewards’ program participants when Con Edison triggers a demand-response event allowing them to take simple, digitally guided actions to reduce their energy use. The program participants’ collective effort provides grid relief, which contributes to a more reliable grid and enables customers to earn cash rewards while reducing their carbon footprint.
Logical Buildings’ AI-driven SmartKit AI app, with real-time intelligence, leverages Green Button Connect to automatically and securely access smart-meter data via Con Edison’s new Advanced Meter Infrastructure (AMI) in Westchester. Customers with an eligible Con Edison account can enroll online in minutes through simple authorization and onboarding steps and can then download the SmartKit AI app to get customized energy-efficiency insights to help them understand and reduce their energy usage. With the rollout of the GridRewards program, millions of customers have become eligible for demand response.
“GridRewards is providing our largest opportunity yet to show how real-time intelligence and a widespread, gamifed app to reduce energy use through that intelligence can create real income for the people who opted into the program,” said Jeff Hendler, CEO, Logical Buildings. “Especially with many families potentially using more energy while working from home and facing greater financial uncertainty during the COVID-19 crisis, this is an important new way of making sure more people can share in the benefits of smart energy usage.”