Virtual Peaker Partners with e-Radio to Connect Water Heaters with Utilities and the Grid

Louisville, KY, and Redwood City, CA– Virtual Peaker and e-Radio have announced a collaboration and a successful integration of  Virtual Peaker’s secure, cloud-based platform with e-Radio’s CTA-2045 standardized modules to provide a unified method for utilities to facilitate communications between smart water heaters and the electric grid. The Virtual Peaker/e-Radio partnership integrates Virtual Peaker’s cloud-based demand response programs with e-Radio’s proven FM radio technology that is less expensive to operate at scale than utility-owned cellular or Wi-Fi networks.

In the United States, there are more than 50 million residences and businesses with water heaters that have the potential to use renewable sources to generate energy during lower-cost, off-peak times, store that energy as heat, and then utilize it during more expensive peak hours. The heat-carrying properties of water make it an incredibly efficient source to store energy in smart water heaters until there’s demand for low-cost, environmentally friendly energy.

There are multiple advantages, including simplicity and reliability, of adapting a standard “socket” like e-Radio’s CTA-2045 that makes hot water heaters universally “grid-ready” to enable utility demand response programs. Like a USB device for computers, the CTA-2045 plugs into a variety of energy management appliances, including hot water heaters.

In 2019, the State of Washington enacted a law stating that new heat pump electric storage water heaters manufactured after January 1, 2021, may not be installed or sold in the state unless they have a modular demand response communications port compliant with the CTA-2045 communication standard.

“At Virtual Peaker, we help utilities connect in-home smart devices to run residential demand response programs,” said William J. (Bill) Burke, the founder, and CEO of Virtual Peaker. “Now, our new partnership with e-Radio makes it even easier for utilities to plug into the Virtual Peaker platform to realize significant cost and energy-saving—and a greener planet.”

“Consumers, utilities, and industry partners like Virtual Peaker appreciate the simplicity of the plug-and-play e-Radio technology, including our P2D™ 2045 module whose development began over a decade ago,” said Jackson Wang, the founder, and CEO of e-Radio. “Using pre-existing and ubiquitous FM radio signals enables Virtual Peaker clients to securely maximize their reach to achieve cost savings, reduce emissions, and add location addressability to provide societal benefits such as fire mitigation from transformer-line overload.”


Virtual Peaker:

Mark Ray | | 802-355-0145
Jeff Quigley | | 781-696-0980


Jackson Wang |  | 408-469-4376
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About The Author

Jeff is the VP of Sales for Virtual Peaker. He has spent his entire career in energy and data analytics where he has led teams working with utilities, government agencies, oil and gas companies, and financial institutions to help drive growth strategy and manage energy transition. He has worked with a team of analysts in developing an integrated resource plan (IRP) for a major U.S. vertically integrated utility, with a focus on load forecasting, locational marginal pricing (LMP) prediction, and long-term grid reliability. He has also managed the development of marketing and growth strategy for one of the four largest global oil and gas firms with a focus on the long-term viability of the Asian market-entry strategy.

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