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Rainforest Automation and Ameren to validate ‘EV Discovery’ technology

Project chosen for EPRI Incubatenergy® Labs program

Vancouver, BC and St. Louis, MO. August 22, 2023– Rainforest Automation, an energy management software company, and Ameren, a Fortune 500 energy utility, announced the start of a technology test project to demonstrate the efficacy of using algorithmic disaggregation analytics to locate electric vehicle (EV) charging sessions using existing utility meter data. The project will also test Rainforest’s managed EV charging platform to measure and control charging sessions using vehicle telematics.

Rainforest was selected as one of 16 early-stage global companies in EPRI’s Incubatenergy® Labs 2023 cohort to collaborate with energy providers and EPRI subject matter experts to demonstrate their innovative technology in a pilot project. The program showcases emerging companies advancing electrification, decarbonization, and grid modernization.

Ameren will collaborate with Rainforest to analyze a sub-set of its existing smart meter usage data to determine if it can be used to find where and when EVs are being charged by Ameren customers in Missouri. This information will then be used to invite select Ameren Missouri customers to trial Rainforest’s managed EV charging platform.

Utilities are facing increasing demand on their distribution networks due to the adoption of EVs. The technology being demonstrated in this project may help utilities identify higher concentrations of EVs without deploying any equipment using data they already have. The Rainforest platform will use this data to test how to best manage EV charging so that it can be beneficial to the grid.

Ameren Missouri customers found to be EV owners will be recruited to trial Rainforest’s managed EV charging platform. The platform unburdens users from worrying about when to charge their car while empowering them with an engaging mobile app with real-time information and control. It prioritizes user needs while accommodating the needs of the utility to regulate demand on the grid.

The data gathered directly from the EVs during the managed charging stage of the project will be used to validate the accuracy of charging sessions detected by analysis of the meter usage data. Rainforest will present the project results at the Incubatenergy® Labs Demo Day event on November 1, 2023, in Vancouver, BC.

About Rainforest Automation

Rainforest Automation is an energy management software company that serves global electric utilities, helping them analyze, reduce, and shift their customer’s energy usage. Rainforest’s platform combines energy efficiency, demand response, smart home, and managed electric vehicle charging into a consolidated, customer-focused solution. With over a decade of experience and 30+ utilities deployed with our solutions on three continents, Rainforest is on a mission to change how the world uses energy. For more information, please visit https://rainforestautomation.com

About Ameren Corporation

St. Louis-based Ameren Corporation powers the quality of life for 2.4 million electric customers and more than 900,000 natural gas customers in a 64,000-square-mile area through its Ameren Missouri and Ameren Illinois rate-regulated utility subsidiaries. Ameren Illinois provides electric transmission and distribution service and natural gas distribution service. Ameren Missouri provides electric generation, transmission and distribution services, as well as natural gas distribution service. Ameren Transmission Company of Illinois operates a rate-regulated electric transmission business in the Midcontinent Independent System Operator, Inc. For more information, visit Ameren.com, or follow us on Twitter at @AmerenCorpFacebook.com/AmerenCorp, or LinkedIn.com/company/Ameren 

About EPRI

Founded in 1972, EPRI is the world’s preeminent independent, non-profit energy research and development organization, with offices around the world. EPRI’s trusted experts collaborate with more than 450 companies in 45 countries, driving innovation to ensure the public has clean, safe, reliable, affordable, and equitable access to electricity across the globe. Together, we are shaping the future of energy. 

IN-APP ALERTS SPUR DRAMATIC SAVINGS

Rainforest conducted a pilot of our new in-app alert system with BC Hydro as part of their PeakSaver residential behavioral demand response program.  Participants with access to their real-time usage data using our EAGLE-200 gateway were further motivated by real-time alerts on their smart phones to cut back electricity use during times of peak demand on the BC Hydro grid.  What we found was that pilot participants saved up to 50% on their energy use during peak events — considerably more than those who were only notified by email.  Read all the details in our white paper.

WE MOVED!

We are excited to announce that we’ve moved Rainforest headquarters to our new office in downtown Vancouver.  Our team is busy setting things up to make the office into a smart home that is connected to the Rainforest system.  Our goal is to make your home more energy efficient by using our space as the living lab.  Next time you are in town, stop by for a visit at 827 Cambie.

RAINFOREST AUTOMATION EXTENDS PLATFORM CAPABILITIES FOR SMART HOME AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROGRAMS

Leading provider of energy monitoring technology takes aim at the complexity and cost of BYOD programs

Rainforest Automation, Inc. is proud to announce a major extension to its platform and service offering, supported by its partner, Plasmatic Technologies Inc. The new Rainforest Integrated Connected Home (RICH) solution pulls together energy management and the smart home into an intelligent platform designed to help electric utilities execute engaging and effective Demand Side Management (DSM) programs.

ENERTALK NOW PART OF RAINFOREST ECOSYSTEM

EnerTalk app connects to Rainforest Automation EAGLE-200 gateway  

Burnaby, BC, and San Jose, CA – October 9, 2018 –  Rainforest Automation is pleased to announce that it has added EnerTalk, from Encored, Inc., to its list of services supported by its EAGLE Energy Management System. With this addition, EnerTalk customers can get advanced analytics based on their real-time electricity consumption data, direct from their utility smart meter, by simply connecting to their Rainforest EAGLE-200 gateway through the EnerTalk app.

RAINFOREST AUTOMATION NAMED TO ROCKET BUILDERS 2017 CLEANTECH LIST

On Friday, March 3, 2017, Rainforest Automation was named to the Rocket Builders 2017 CleanTech list.

“Solar power is disrupting the electricity market. Rainforest’s automated residential power optimization delivers increased revenue per user, expanded addressable market and decreased cost of acquisition to power providers servicing this exciting growth opportunity. Electrification of the transportation and industrial sectors is leading to a dramatic increase in demand in electrical power. This, combined with the daytime and distributed nature of solar generation, is the engine for growth behind Rainforest Automation. Inclusion of Rainforest Automation on the Rocket Builders 2017 CleanTech list is yet another endorsement of the companies strong growth prospects.” said Chris Tumpach, President, Rainforest Automation. “We identify companies that have proven their technology and are positioned well for growth. Our analysis of market trends led to our selection of Rainforest Automation as a Ready to Rocket CleanTech company.” said Dave Thomas, Senior Partner, Rocket Builders.

About Rainforest Automation

Rainforest Automation provides power optimization solutions by transforming consumer IoT devices into grid resources. https://rainforestautomation.com

About Ready to Rocket

Ready to Rocket is a unique business recognition list that profiles technology companies with the greatest potential for growth. Each year, based on analysis of trends that will drive growth in the Clean Technology sector, Rocket Builders identifies the top private companies that are best positioned to capitalize on the trends for growth. This selection methodology has been an accurate predictor of growth with “Ready to Rocket” companies exceeding industry averages for revenue, employee and investment growth. http://www.readytorocket.com 

Trademark Notice“Ready to Rocket” is a trademark of Rocket Builders, a respected management consulting firm servicing the technology industry.

RAINFOREST NOW WORKS WITH STRINGIFY

Rainforest Automation now allows its existing and new customers with EAGLE gateways to connect with Stringify!  This allows users to setup ‘flows’ which can create an action based on something happening.  For example, if the price of someone’s power reaches a certain level, turn down their thermostat and send an alert.

This connects EAGLE customers into a large IoT ecosystem where they’ll find their favourite products and services.  For more info, look at their blog: https://www.stringify.com/featured-news/stringify_connects_with_rainforest/