Virtual Peaker and Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority Forge Strategic Partnership for Energy-Saving Demand Response Program

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This new initiative harnesses Virtual Peaker’s cutting-edge distributed energy platform, empowering OMPA’s 42 municipally owned utilities to offer residential electric customers new energy-saving opportunities.

Posted January 19, 2024

January 18, 2024; Louisville, KY – Virtual Peaker, a cloud-based SaaS company empowering modern utilities with the friendliest distributed energy platform on the planet, announced a strategic partnership with the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority (OMPA) to launch Turn Down the Watts, a new bring-your-own-device (BYOD) thermostat program to help reduce energy consumption during periods of high demand.

OMPA is a collaborative organization that serves as a wholesale power provider, supporting 42 municipally owned electric utilities in Oklahoma. Its members serve roughly 104,000 residential electric meters. OMPA’s structure and mission are centered around community ownership, joint action, and ensuring the well-being of its member municipalities and their residents.

Through this partnership with Virtual Peaker, OMPA’s 42 municipally owned utilities will be able to offer their residential electric customers the opportunity to enroll and participate in the program and earn incentives designed to support energy-saving practices and reduce overall utility system costs during peak grid demand periods.

Virtual Peaker’s distributed energy resource management system (DERMS) suite, Shift, and its engagement suite, Relay, are central to the program. Shift offers utilities innovative technology with a patented cloud-based real-time control system that automatically adds intelligence to “smart” devices to shave peak load, reduce costs, and execute controlled or behavioral demand response programs. Relay is an automated customer engagement suite that unifies and personalizes the energy customer experience with a connected approach to managing distributed energy resources (DERs).

“We are thrilled to collaborate with the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority on this innovative program. By providing municipally owned utilities and residential electric customers with the opportunity to save energy through qualifying smart thermostats, we empower them to positively impact both their energy bills and the environment,” said Colin Lamb, Vice President of Delivery, Virtual Peaker.

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