A two-year study conducted by the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) showed how Encycle's Swarm Logic technology can improve demand response results. Encycle Swarm Controllers were installed at a number of Sacramento sites and were put through their paces under the watchful eye of a third-party energy auditor (ADM & Assoc.). The results were particularly impressive, considering the smaller-than-typical buildings that participated in the study:
- The 15-minute peak, especially critical in Sacramento since the annual peak sets a portion of a customer's demand charges for the entire year, was reduced while maintaining occupant comfort.
- The load reduction during demand response events resulted in no difference in occupant comfort than under baseline or demand management modes of operation.
- The technology was able to reduce consumption outside of core hours, leading to further savings with no impact on occupant comfort.