Tendril Partners with Tucson Electric Power and Arizona Governor’s Office on Innovative Home Energy Management Program
February 13, 2013
Energy Efficiency Project Expected to Help Utility Customers Save on Bills
Boulder, Colo. Tendril®, the leader in delivering consumer engagement applications and services, is partnering with Tucson Electric Power (TEP) and the Arizona Governor’s Office of Energy Policy on an innovative new program whose goal is to demonstrate how secure access to personal energy consumption data can result in energy efficiency savings. The home energy management program is being funded through a Department of Energy (DOE) Smart Grid Data Access Award whose purpose is to encourage utilities, local governments and communities to create programs that empower consumers to better manage their electricity use through improved access to information on how energy is being used in their homes.
The TEP Power Partners Project is an energy efficiency program that leverages the Tendril Connect™ cloud platform to enable secure two-way communications between TEP and the customers who are participating. Energy consumption data transmitted from customer meters every 15 minutes or less will be analyzed by Tendril Connect using its behavioral science engine, sophisticated analytics and building models.
The analytical results will then be presented to TEP customers via Tendril Energize™ Web and mobile dashboards showing how and where energy is being used and providing personalized energy efficiency suggestions, goal setting and performance tracking tools, and expert advice. With the software’s social networking apps, customers can compete in community challenges aimed at achieving even greater energy-efficiency gains.
The Power Partners Project is unique because it provides TEP customers served by traditional Automatic Meter Reading (AMR) networks with secure personal energy consumption data and energy management tools typically available only to households with smart meters and advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) networks. This is made possible by the Tendril Translate™ AMR meter bridge.
The DOE-awarded program follows on the heels of a demand response load control (DRLC) program in which TEP teamed with Tendril. The DRLC program was initiated in 2010 and concluded successfully in October. Both programs were designed to help TEP comply with Arizona’s Energy Efficiency Standards, which require electric utilities to increase the energy savings realized through energy-efficiency programs each year until the cumulative reduction reaches 22 percent by 2020. Customers of TEP can now visit tep.com to sign up for the program. The new program will include 700 customers who participated in the earlier initiative, plus 1,000 additional customers residing in the Tucson area.
“Behavioral energy efficiency is a significant and largely untapped resource that can help our customers to use less energy and save on their monthly electric bills,” said Eric Shoberg, TEP’s Senior Program Manager for the Power Partners Project.”
“We are thrilled to be helping TEP achieve its energy management goals,” said Adrian Tuck, CEO of Tendril. “This program demonstrates our ability to deliver meaningful and persistent engagement between consumers and their utility, regardless of their metering infrastructure network. We hope other utilities around the country follow TEP’s lead in leveraging innovative third-party applications to engage their customers in a new era of grid stability, efficiency and management.”
Tendril is changing the way the world uses energy with its groundbreaking consumer engagement applications and services. Energy providers, product manufacturers, and consumer channel partners use Tendril’s solutions to foster deeper consumer relationships, differentiate their products, achieve business objectives and drive increased value over the lifetime of the consumer. The company’s flagship application suite, Tendril Energize delivers the insight, choice and control utilities and consumers need to meet their energy management goals. All of its solutions are built on Tendril Connect, a software platform that integrates an ecosystem of product and service providers, enabling them to engage consumers and seamlessly engage, extend and evolve their offerings. Tendril works with more than 35 energy providers as well as product and service providers and has implemented more than 50 smart energy projects around the world. In 2012, the company opened its platform to developers to support the creation of an open application marketplace. It now has more than 400 developers registered in the program and more than 20 applications have been built using Tendril Connect.
Tendril is headquartered in Boulder, Colo. with regional offices in Boston, San Francisco, and Melbourne, Australia. It is venture backed by VantagePoint Capital Partners, Siemens Venture Capital (SVC), Good Energies, RRE Ventures and GE. For more information, visit www.tendrilinc.com.
About Tucson Electric Power (TEP)
Tucson Electric Power provides safe, reliable electric service to more than 405,000 customers in southern Arizona. To learn more, visit tep.com. For more information about UNS Energy (NYSE: UNS), TEP’s parent company, visit uns.com.
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