OAKLAND, Calif., Sept. 1, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — During this record-breaking fire season in California, OhmConnect, the leading demand response program for residential energy use, and its community of energy savers have stepped up to help prevent blackouts in Northern California.
During the Bootleg Fire in southern Oregon, parts of the California – Oregon Intertie (Path 66), a vital electric line corridor that delivers large amounts of electricity from the Pacific Northwest to California, were taken offline in mid-July, and a statewide "Flex Alert" was issued.
In response, OhmConnect asked its Northern Californian community to participate in OhmHours across the region, reducing grid stress until transmission lines could be brought back online. Over 166,000 OhmConnect users heeded the call to reduce electricity consumption, ultimately taking 61.7K energy-hogging appliances off the grid and powering down for a total of 231,000 hours.
"When we learned of the threat to the grid, we immediately alerted our users, and they really stepped up to the plate," said Cisco DeVries, CEO of OhmConnect. "They made a tangible impact on power consumption that helped keep the grid online and prevent blackouts."
With the help of OhmConnect’s community, electricity demand remained below CAISO’s day-ahead prediction. Voluntary reductions will continue to be a vital resource in stabilizing California’s power grid during extreme weather events or supply shortages.
In recognition of the role played by its customers, OhmConnect is donating $5,000 in their name to the California Fire Foundation, which provides emotional and financial assistance to the families of firefighters and the communities they protect.
"This is a small token of our gratitude to the OhmConnect community," said Devries. "They continue to inspire us with what is possible when we work together to keep our environment – and each other – safe."
For those looking to donate, go to https://www.cafirefoundation.org/.
OhmConnect, winner of the 2021 Fast Company World Changing Ideas Award, was founded in 2014 with the vision of becoming the world’s largest supplier of clean energy. It has a mission to improve the lives of people and the health of the planet by reimagining the way energy is collectively used. Today, OhmConnect enables hundreds of thousands of customers to reimagine how they use energy, to choose clean energy over dirty energy when required, and to be rewarded for timely, smarter, home energy use. OhmConnect makes it possible for customers to use clean energy without buying expensive solar-powered systems or changing energy providers. The company pays its users for saving energy when the grid is at risk of using dirty power. OhmConnect has paid Californian consumers nearly $15 million to save energy. Customers of the three major California electricity suppliers – Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), Southern California Edison, and San Diego Gas & Electric – can sign up with OhmConnect for free at ohmconnect.com. Follow OhmConnect on Twitter @OhmConnect, see the OhmConnect blog or check them out on Facebook and LinkedIn.