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Renew Grid: Association For Demand Response And Smart Grid Adds New Board Members

January 27, 2014

The Association for Demand Response and Smart Grid (ADS), a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization, has elected several individuals to its board of directors.

The new members include Mike Alexander from Pacific Gas & Electric, Ward Camp from Landis+Gyr, Seth Frader-Thompson from EnergyHub, Ted Reguly from San Diego Gas & Electric, Judith Schwartz from To the Point and Howard Smith from Alabama Power.

To read the full story, head on over to Renew Grid.

GreenTechGrid: SCE Rolls Out Bring Your Own Thermostat

By Katherine Tweed | July 10, 2013

EnergyHub aggregates various thermostats for demand response, Nest joins in too

Southern California Edison is the latest utility to leverage smart thermostats that are already peppered through its territory for residential demand response. Rather than just picking one or two thermostat manufacturers, SCE has teamed up with a range of thermostat makers and service providers for its latest pilot.

SCE customers with a wireless thermostat from Alarm.com, Radio Thermostat Company of America, Vivint, Ingersoll Rand: Nexia Home Intelligence, Trane, American Standard and Nest can receive a $1.25 bill credit for every kilowatt hour saved during peak days, $0.50 more than customers without a two-way thermostat can earn. The rebate program is similar to one that San Diego Gas & Electric already has with Alarm.com and EnergyHub.

To read the full article, head on over to GreenTechGrid.

Smart Grid Today: EnergyHub, Ecobee Offer Austin Energy as Model of the New DR

January 10, 2013

Millions of customers to buy, install networked thermostats: Austin Energy and software partners EnergyHub and Ecobee are ushering into the smart grid industry “retail aggregation” of . . .

To read the full article (subscription required), head on over to Smart Grid Today.

Electric Light & Power: Embracing a Bottom-up Approach to Load Control Programs

By Andy Martin, EnergyHub | December 7, 2012

The explosion of communicating thermostats has created an opportunity for utilities to cost-effectively acquire new demand response assets. Installed by consumers, contractors, and cable and security companies, these thermostats offer the potential for utilities to lower demand response program costs and increase customer satisfaction.

Remote control thermostats are being installed in homes through many channels across North America. Advanced home security systems from companies such as Vivint Inc. include remote control thermostats. Cable companies and Internet service providers such as Verizon Communications Inc. and Comcast Corp. offer remote control thermostats as part of their home management packages. HVAC contractors can now install Wi-Fi thermostats as part of new or upgraded heating and cooling systems. Do-it-yourself homeowners purchase smart thermostats at retail from companies such as Radio Thermostat Co. of America and 3M. No matter the service provider or the installation path a customer chooses, chances are good that a remote control thermostat is available.

To read the full article, head on over to Electric Light & Power.

GreenTechGrid: Carrier Picks Up EnergyHub for Smart Thermostat Partnership

By Katherine Tweed | October 4, 2012

Smart thermostats seem to be getting smarter these days.

Up until a few years ago, programmable thermostats were as smart as their technology. The problem, of course, was that they weren’t that smart as they needed to be in the hands of the average person. Even though the thermostats had the potential to save energy through personalized settings, homeowners had to actually set them to realize the savings.

Now, all of the major HVAC and thermostat companies makes smarter solutions — wireless, connected thermostats that can often be set up online. The most celebrated example is the Nest thermostat, which recently released its second version.

Some of the incumbents are finding startup partners to bring the smarts to their thermostats. The most recent is Carrier, which just announced EnergyHub as its partner for its ComfortChoice Touch thermostat.

To read the full article, head on over to GreenTechGrid.

GreenTechGrid: EnergyHub Plays Both Sides of the Residential Hardware Debate

By Katherine Tweed | July 17, 2012

A long, long time ago, let’s call it mid-2010, there was a host of residential energy management companies with serious hardware offerings to sell to utilities.

Even though there were millions of smart meters being installed in the U.S., it turned out that most utilities weren’t interested in purchasing hundreds of thousands of in-home displays and connected thermostats to shave peak demand from startups entering the space.

EnergyHub was one of those companies. “The advantage of utilities is they can push it on a big scale,” Seth Frader-Thompson, CEO of EnergyHub, said in October 2010. “Or that’s the dream.”

It turned out to be just a dream. Instead, the tables have turned, and now companies like EnergyHub are leveraging their presence in the marketplace to do business with utilities that need all those air-conditioners that their networks manage.

To read the full article, head on over to GreenTechGrid.

GigaOM: Utilities Embracing Smart Thermostats to Help Manage Grids

By Katie Fehrenbacher | July 17, 2012

American utilities are slowly starting to embrace using smart thermostats to help manage the energy consumption of their customers. On Tuesday startup EnergyHub will announce that two Southern cooperative utilities will be offering EnergyHub’s smart thermostat service to customers, after Texas energy service provider Reliant announced several weeks ago that it will be offering smart thermostat services from two Silicon Valley startups Nest and EcoFactor.

In a summer of record-breaking heat, and following an industry-wide trend of the power grid becoming increasingly digitized, utilities are looking for ways to both connect with their customers as well as better manage their customer’s energy consumption. During hours of peak demand (like a hot summer day) a utility’s electric grid can become impacted by too much energy use (picture everyone’s air conditioner blasting). This can cause blackouts, or require expensive power from peaker plants.

To read the full article, head on over to GigaOM.

VentureBeat: Good-Bye Solar? Greentech Investments Shift to Consumer Tech and Electric Vehicles

By Sarah Mitroff | June 25, 2012

The green technology investing boom has slowed. But if you ask investors, greentech isn’t disappearing, it’s just changing.

Since the 2008 recession, venture capital firms have refocused their funds away from solar and onto different areas of greentech. Physic Ventures has found success investing in consumer-focused green technology startups, as well as startups applying green principles to already viable technologies, such as cloud, mobile, and social.

Startups that take the latter approach have gained VC firms’ attention because their more-familiar business models can set them up for successful exits, says [Andrew] Williamson.

Business-to-consumer startups that focus on sustainable living, recycling, and collaborative consumption have also done well. Recycle Bank, which rewards people for doing green activities, and EnergyHub, a startup using cloud tech to manage home energy usage, are two examples of Physic-backed startups applying greentech issues to current technology.

To read the full article, head on over to VentureBeat.

TechNewsDaily: Turning Down Heat May Save Much More Than Expected

By Amy Westervelt | May 14, 2012

As spring blooms, researchers are looking back at the past winter to see how much people paid, and could have saved, on their heating bills.

Analyzing data from thousands of its programmable smart thermostats, a company called EnergyHub estimates that, by turning down the heat, people can save nearly twice as much as the U.S. government had estimated.

With summer looming, EnergyHub is starting to calculate how much you could save on air conditioning and predicting similar results.

To read the full article, head on over to TechNewsDaily.

GigaOM: 10 Ways Big Data is Remaking Energy

By Katie Fehrenbacher | January 29, 2012

One of the most obvious trends from the big smart grid conference DistribuTECH last week was how much analytics and big data tools will be used to try to remake energy in 2012, from curbing energy consumption, to reducing energy loss, to adding in more clean power to the grid. Here’s 10 ways that analytics and big data will start to shape the production and consumption of energy in the world:

1). Weather data: Having a finger on the pulse of constantly changing weather data on a micro and macro level can help utilities, building owners and consumers optimize their energy consumption habits and promote energy efficiency. Startup EnergyHub recently partnered with sensor network player Earth Networks to use weather data to make a more efficient form of demand response (utilities controlling power consumption). Other startups like EcoFactor, Opower and Tendril also use weather data as part of their energy behavioral analytics.

IBM has long sold a weather prediction service called Deep Thunder to municipalities, organizations and utilities, which use it to do things like tailor their services, change routes, or generate more or less power. I think weather data could some day provide a platform for some very important next generation services and applications for energy efficiency, much in the way that location data is used as a platform for a variety of services.

To read the full article, head on over to GigaOM.

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