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Tendril Orchestrated Energy and KCP&L Partner to Pilot New Smart Thermostat Demand Response Program

Orchestrated Energy is able to reduce cooling load by an average of 85% during demand response events, and its daily optimization schedules reduce HVAC energy usage by up to 24%

Sept. 6, 2018 – Boulder, Colo. – Kansas City Power & Light (KCP&L) has partnered with Tendril Orchestrated Energy to pilot its leading smart thermostat demand management solution. Tendril’s innovative load-shifting technology, which has been selected by some of the largest utilities in the country, will allow KCP&L to add support for ecobee smart thermostats. Tendril’s approach allows existing ecobee users within KCP&L’s Missouri service territory to reduce energy consumption during peak periods without sacrificing comfort.

“We’ve proved that a customer-friendly smart thermostat demand response program is effective and we are always looking for ways to enhance our efforts. So we’re excited to partner with Tendril and ecobee as we bring customers even more options to reduce their energy consumption,” said Chuck Caisley, Chief Customer Officer, at KCP&L and Evergy. “Our customers want choice when it comes to the devices they install in their homes, and working with ecobee lets our customers reap the benefits of substantial energy efficiency savings via Tendril Orchestrated Energy.”

KCP&L is hoping to benefit from Orchestrated Energy’s ability to improve demand reduction and energy efficiency with this pilot program all while keeping customers comfortable. Orchestrated Energy reduces cooling load by an average of 85 percent during demand response events and its daily optimization schedules, when coupled with the energy efficiency savings from the ecobee smart thermostat, reduce HVAC energy usage by up to 24 percent.

“At ecobee we know that the future of energy reduction starts with the homeowner. We’re excited to partner with KCP&L and Tendril to offer customer-centric solutions that help homeowners reduce their energy consumption and save even more on their energy bills,” said Stuart Lombard, CEO of ecobee.

“We’re proud to partner with KCP&L.They know that empowering customers with technology to manage their home is a win-win,” said Adrian Tuck, CEO of Tendril. “A smart home connected to the grid is a powerful resource for utilities. Tendril Orchestrated Energy creates value for the utility and the customer simultaneously.”

The initial pilot program runs through September 2018 and targets existing ecobee smart thermostat owners in KCP&L’s Missouri territory. Customers who participate will receive a $100 incentive in addition to expected HVAC energy savings.  

About KCP&L
Serving approximately 1.5 million customers in Kansas and Missouri, Kansas City Power & Light Company (KCP&L), KCP&L Greater Missouri Operations Company and Westar Energy are the electric utilities of Evergy, Inc. (NYSE: EVRG). Together we generate nearly half the power we provide to homes and businesses with emission-free sources. We support our local communities where we live and work, and strive to meet the needs of customers through energy savings and innovative solutions.

About ecobee
ecobee Inc. introduced the world’s first smart Wi-Fi thermostat to help millions of consumers live better and save more. The company’s mission is to create smarter devices that are beautifully designed, easy to use and provide savings for families, while being good for our planet – most recently realized with its next-generation smart thermostat, ecobee4 and the introduction of the company’s first smart light switch, ecobee Switch+. With ecobee’s pioneering room sensor technology, Amazon Alexa voice service, far-field voice recognition, and a wide array of smart home integrations, ecobee combines smart home technology and voice to help customers manage their home’s comfort, energy and busy lives. For more information, visit www.ecobee.com.

About Tendril
Tendril is transforming the residential energy market. Our data analytics on more than 123 million homes creates new business opportunities for any product or service provider connected to the home. Today, this includes electric and gas utilities, energy retailers and real estate professionals. Built over more than a decade, the Tendril Platform delivers real-time, ever-evolving data about the home and how people use energy in it. These rich insights help our customers improve customer acquisition, increase engagement and orchestrate home energy experiences. For more information, please visit www.tendrilinc.com and follow us on Twitter at @Tendril.