Aquanta and Saint John Energy Partner to Bring Smart Water Heater Control to SJE Customers

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Water heaters to play a key role in developing the Utility of the Future.

We chose Aquanta because its products have features that will engage and bring value to our customers, and they have a proven track record with utilities.

Aquanta Inc. announced today that it has partnered with Saint John Energy (Saint John, N.B.) to bring its market-leading Aquanta Smart Water Heater Controller to Saint John Energy customers. This project is supported by Natural Resources Canada, and will play a key role in carrying out Saint John Energy’s mission to provide affordable, reliable, and innovative solutions to their customers.

It is another step in Saint John Energy’s vision to create the Utility of the Future with renewable energy, smart products for consumers and an advanced smart grid powered by artificial intelligence.

Water heater load control represents a unique opportunity to Saint John Energy, as it owns a fleet of over 22,000 rental water heaters that can be equipped for grid integration. “This project is an important piece of our Utility of the Future vision that brings affordable and clean energy to Saint John,” noted Ingrid Harris, Manager of Consumer Products at Saint John Energy. “We know that heating water can account for 20 percent of a homeowner’s energy bill. We chose Aquanta because its products have features that will engage and bring value to our customers, and they have a proven track record with utilities.”

One of the advantages of this partnership is that it will help Saint John Energy smooth peaks in energy demand. Peak demand energy generation can double carbon emissions for its wholesale electricity supplier compared to off-peak, and it is costly – with peak demand charges consuming nearly a third of the utility’s energy purchasing budget.

Saint John Energy began rolling out Aquanta smart water heater controllers last month, and is using Aquanta’s new cellular version for the project. “We are excited about our role in furthering Saint John Energy’s progressive vision, and are grateful for their vote of confidence in our platform,” stated Matt Carlson, CEO of Aquanta Inc. “We look forward to a long and expanding partnership with Saint John Energy.”

About Aquanta Inc.
Tysons, Virginia-based Aquanta Inc. develops innovative products and technologies that address climate change and enhance energy efficiency, with specific focus on the energy usage, inefficiencies and grid integration opportunities inherent in our water heating and plumbing systems. For more information on Aquanta, please visit http://www.aquanta.io.

About Saint John Energy
Saint John Energy is a progressive energy company providing trusted energy solutions to more than 36,000 residential and business customers in Saint John, New Brunswick. Locally owned and operated since 1922, it is one of the highest-rated electrical utilities in Canada for reliability and customer satisfaction. It holds the coveted Sustainable Electricity Company designation and is recognized nationally for innovation. For more information, visit http://www.sjenergy.com.

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