Product News: Itron and Emerson collaborate on smart thermostats

March 30, 2022
Promise to increase sustainability and reliability in the bring-your-own-device environment.

Itron, Inc. is collaborating with Emerson to offer reliable thermostats as part of Itron’s Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), direct-install demand response (DR) and distributed energy resource (DER) programs. 

Itron’s newly developed DER Optimizer solution, which is powered by its demand response platform IntelliSOURCE, will be fully integrated to provide direct control and management of Emerson’s Sensi thermostats for BYOD and direct install programs, the partners note. Consumers who purchase an Emerson Sensi smart thermostat or Sensi Touch smart thermostat through retail outlets can seamlessly connect the device to their Wi-Fi, they claim. With the direct install model, utility companies have the option to install Emerson smart thermostats for participating customers, while the utility retains ownership of the thermostat in the consumer home. 

Emerson’s smart thermostats, when used in conjunction with Itron’s DER Optimizer solution, give consumers control over their energy usage through the Sensi app or through the utility’s mobile app and provides utilities with a flexible resource to achieve their program goals, they say. 

“We are excited to have Emerson’s Sensi thermostats join our ecosystem of third-party devices for Itron’s BYOD and direct install DR programs. The programs not only give utilities the opportunity to better engage with their customers, but also allow utilities to maintain supply and demand, and ensure grid reliability,” said Don Reeves, senior vice president of Outcomes at Itron. “Sensi smart thermostats are a great addition to our DR programs, featuring easy installation and intuitive controls compatible with other home automation systems.” 

“Our advanced technologies make it possible for consumers to create their ideal home environment and lower their energy footprint,” said Craig Rossman, president of comfort control at Emerson. “In collaboration with Itron, which is dedicated to creating a more resourceful world, we are able to enhance demand response programs with the latest smart thermostat technology to help improve grid reliability and sustainability.”