Energy Management is the collection of automated control functions available through the Emporia platform. Those features include Peak Demand and Excess Solar Management where real-time power/usage measurements are critical to manage the behavior of connected electronic appliances. To manage that behavior, its important to have an energy monitor installed to track that real-time system usage and the Gen 2 is the perfect device to help with that.
The important point about using a Gen 2 in either of these features is to ensure that it is installed correctly and accurately capturing usage through the 200A CT's on the main lines. You'll want to ensure that the device is setup correctly in this way because if the 200A CT/mains measurements are not captured correctly by the Gen 2, then the automated functionality based on those measurements will not work correctly either. Installation guides can be found for the Gen 2 here.
Information on how to troubleshoot Gen 2 measurement data can be found here.
All of the Energy Management functionality (Excess Solar Generation as well as Peak Demand) will provide automation based off of the system usage as detected by an energy monitor. The Gen 2 is our flagship energy monitor that will provide the most installation flexibility along with the best usage details we have available. If looking for a simpler/easier monitor, another option might be the Utility Connect device.
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