Vaughn Thermal Corporation Endorses ‘The Community Storage Initiative’

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Today, Vaughn Thermal Corporation (Vaughn), manufacturer of V-Grid ‘Grid-Enabled’ ETS Water Heaters & Controls, and leading utility and environmental organizations NRECA, NRDC, EEI, APPA, PLMA, formally endorsed The Community Storage Initiative.

This initiative is a collaborative market development effort intended to facilitate the introduction and proliferation of grid-interactive, behind-the-meter storage (BTMS) technologies through electric utility load management, demand response and ‘community storage’ programs. Energy and environmental stakeholders are uniting around “community storage” to solve the electric industry’s energy storage challenges. Community Storage refers to the spectrum of utility-sponsored programs that aggregate electric storage resources available throughout the community, such as water heaters and electric vehicles, to improve the efficiency of electric energy services for consumers. Community Storage programs offer the industry the practical steps to rapidly increase the amount of energy storage available.

Like Community Solar, Community Storage enables consumers and utilities to share the system-wide benefits of energy storage, both in large and small communities. These advantages include environmental consideration, lower costs, and grid optimization. Such programs maximize the value of distributed energy resources, many of which are already available to participate in energy storage programs through simple retrofits and program design.

“Vaughn Thermal Corporation, through its support of the electric utility industry, is focused on providing the ‘grid-enabled’ ETS (Electric Thermal Storage) water heating technology and program expertise that will form the foundation of the nation’s ‘Community Storage’ infrastructure. With 50 million electric water heaters currently residing in homes and businesses and over 4 million electric water heaters being installed annually, the nation’s electric utilities have the immediate opportunity to upgrade and aggregate these units for the purpose of providing economical energy storage for grid optimization and renewable energy integration. Vaughn Thermal Corporation welcomes the opportunity to provide technology and program expertise for Community Storage programs across the country.” said Steven Koep, National Utility Sales Manager at Vaughn Thermal Corp., adding “The Vaughn V-Grid ETS water heater is an extremely versatile and technologically advanced water heating appliance that can assist in our transition to a low-carbon energy future while providing years of efficient and dependable service to consumers and utilities alike.”

About Vaughn Thermal Corporation - Vaughn Thermal Corporation, Salisbury, MA, is a leading manufacturer of long-lasting, high-efficiency water heaters. Vaughn also produces electronic controls for load-management, renewable storage and DR utility programs across the country.

Press and Product Contact: Steven Koep, 715-248-7752, skoep(at)vaughncorp(dot)com

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