Carina’s WISE™ solution provides demand flexibility to generators, distributors, and customers by making water heaters of any size grid-interactive while maintaining zero customer discomfort.
By combining insights gleaned from years of data, real-time control applications, and sophisticated M&V analytics, Carina can streamline grid operations to conserve and manage energy intelligently.
Carina FlexPay™ provides utility companies with a unique opportunity to receive payment days or even weeks before services are rendered. With FlexPay™, any utility can provide flexible payment solutions while empowering customers to better self-manage energy usage.
Carina FlexPay™ can provide consumption, balance, and rate information to customers in real time via smart phone app, email, or text message. This unprecedented transparency increases customer engagement and satisfaction.
Carina offers standalone real time M&V and will automatically reconcile (typically monthly) with the billing system to incorporate new rates, fees, or additional services. FlexPay™ can integrate into existing billing, mapping, and outage management systems. Daily rates for fixed services including rental agreements, private lights, service availability fees, and enrollment fees are calculated at the meter and deducted hourly or daily.
The utility maintains control of the meter, exceeds due process requirements, and maintains flexibility to reschedule disconnects during inclement weather days. Multiple services can be added to the prepay account including water, cable, internet and telephone.
Carina Technology saw the need for real time information and lots of it during the AMI Smartgrid boom for 900 mhz AMI 8-10 years ago. When federal smart grid money was readily available to large utilities, there was an explosion of AMI companies trying to capture the meter reading market which resulted in many utilities choosing the older slower 900 mhz communication technology. Carina working with one of its core customers developed and patented a fiber to the home solution which would power the ONT or charge the battery from the meter base and provide a very large communication pipe to take millions of rows of data and perform analytics in real time on the mass amount of data. This real time avaibility of large amounts of data resulted in new analytics to provide real time solutions to utilities to save money and run their systems more efficiently. It recognized that in the future multiple appliances will provide billions of rows of data in real time that need to be analyzed to make changes to the grid within seconds. It looks like the right decision was made, as many utilities are now installing fiber or partnering with telephone and cable companies to get this real time information to manage the grid.
Carina knew that everything at the house would eventually impact the grid at the generation, transmission and distribution network levels. With the continued growth of solar and wind, the future grid needed to be managed in real time with an extremely fast communication platform and the software that had the ability to make changes on the grid instantly all the way down to frequency regulation at the water heater in just a few seconds 24/7. The FTTH solution was that solution that could take miilions of rows of information and instantly transform them to workable solutions on managing the grid. Not only did the grid have to be managed in real time with real time communication, utilities demanded that the M&V solutions had to measure everything that was done in seconds.
Power the ONT – by powering the ONT or charging the battery on the outside of the house, utilities can avoid the high cost of permits to run power from the inside of the house and problems with getting access to change out batteries that are located inside the house. This savings of $80-$100 per installation can help the ROI of the fiber system to read meters and perform demand side management, since fiber revenues and costs are required to be kept separate from electric revenues and costs.
Address Energy Initiatives - With the continual growth of solar and wind and new energy efficiency mandates, it is necessary to react in real time to manage changes on the grid. New energy environmental regulations require real time information from multiple appliances in each home with analytics to manage all of them.
Take Control - Instantly transform the vast amount of data into meaningful solutions to manage the grid utilizing the high speed, high bandwidth fiber and the CarinaPoint software.
Create Value - These analytics can create multiple new value streams to more efficiently manage control systems that save utilities and consumers money daily and sometimes on an hourly basis.
Get Smart – New apps are coming out daily, but utilities must have a communications system capable of handling all the data on a continual basis.