|[June 20, 2011]
Tendril Announces First Shipments of Tendril Energize Consumer Engagement Technology
BOULDER, Colo. --(Business Wire)--
the energy platform company, today announced it has shipped Tendril
Energize™, its revolutionary application suite of consumer-facing
home energy management tools, to several energy providers including Cape
Light Compact, KCP&L and Origin Energy.
The Tendril Energize applications are built on Tendril
Connect™, the company's cloud-based software platform for utilities,
energy service providers, and third party product and service providers.
Based on field research grounded in behavioral science and cognitive
psychology, Tendril Energize provides a web portal as well as mobile and
other applications to create an active learning experience where
consumers can gain insight into their energy use and learn how to
control consumption based on their unique goals. The result is
persistent and active consumer participation in managing their home
energy use with meaningful results.
By engaging consumers, Tendril Energize enables energy service providers
to accelerate consumer participation along an energy value chain that
encompasses energy efficiency, demand response, direct load control and
orchestrated home energy management systems (e.g., distributed
generation, solar, electric vehicles), allowing them to meet their
business objectives and regulatory requirements.
KCP&L is using Tendril Energize as part of the SmartGrid Demonstration
Project, a complete, two-way utility infrastructure upgrade to 14,000
homes and businesses in a number of Kansas City's Midtown and urban core
"One of the goals of KCP&L SmartGrid is to give customers increased
information about how and when they use energy, empowering them to make
decisions that save energy and money," said Mike Deggendorf, KCP&L
senior vice president, delivery. "Tendril Energize is one of the tools
helping us to achieve this goal and better understand the way our
customers use energy."
Tendril Energize features include:
Personalized energy savings goal and progress tracking: Energize
allows consumers to set a meaningful and achievable goal around energy
use based on the amount of money they would lie to save on their
electric bills, and track their progress toward the goal. Users can
see their energy use to date as it compares to their monthly goal.
Personalized, recommended actions to achieve the energy savings
goal: Consumers are provided with personalized, concrete steps
they can take to meet their goal based on their home energy use. These
include simple actions like air-drying laundry or installing low-flow
showerheads, to progressively more challenging and energy efficient
steps like replacing old appliances with more efficient ones or
upgrading to a programmable, controllable thermostat.
Peer comparisons: Consumers can see how their energy usage
compares to their peers based on household and locale.
Active learning with social and expert support: Consumers can
use Tendril Energize's "Ask an Expert" feature to receive advice on a
specific issue or an answer about energy usage from Tendril's team of
energy efficiency experts. A Facebook (News - Alert)-style news feed gives consumers
access to experts' advice as well as comments from other users.
Consumers can also share information and tips, creating a dialogue and
Smart in-home device insight and control: Tendril Energize
enables consumers to install and control a full complement of smart
in-home devices made available to them through optional utility energy
efficiency or demand management programs. Devices include load control
switches, programmable thermostats, in-home displays and smart outlet
devices. Consumers can incrementally add to their home area network as
Pricing information: Consumers have access to clear information
on energy pricing schedules, detailing times at which each price is in
effect, including information on peak and off-peak periods. Tendril
Energize supports a variety of pricing programs, including flat rate
pricing, variable rate (TOU) pricing programs as well as critical peak
Mobile access: In addition to the web portal, consumers whose
utilities have deployed Tendril Energize can access a mobile Energize
application for iPhone and Android (News - Alert). The app delivers energy usage
information, action plans and the ability to remotely control devices
in their home, such as programmable thermostats. The mobile Energize
applications are available today on the iTunes and the Android Market
"The power of our cloud-based software platform, on which Energize is
built, is that it facilitates multiple connections between utilities,
their customers, and third party product and service providers," said
Adrian Tuck, CEO, Tendril. "It provides information, unleashes action
and unlocks value for the consumer, the energy service provider and the
entire energy ecosystem."
Tendril Energize is powered by Tendril Connect, an open standards-based,
scalable and secure software-as-a-service (SaaS (News - Alert)) platform that enables
energy providers and third-party energy ecosystem partners to deliver
applications that empower consumers to actively participate in home
energy management programs, such as energy efficiency, demand response,
direct load control, electric vehicle and appliance management, and
eventually, distributed generation.
Tendril Energize was first unveiled in February 2011 at DistribuTECH,
the nation's leading tradeshow focused on utility energy distribution
and efficiency. For more information about Tendril Energize, please
Note to editors:
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High-resolution photos of Tendril Energize and the mobile apps for
iPhone (News - Alert) and Android devices are available for download at http://www.tendrilinc.com/news/media-resources/media-kit/tendril-energize-screen-shots/.
Tendril is the Energy Platform company, delivering end-to-end consumer
engagement products, applications and services powered by Tendril
Connect™-an open standards-based, secure and scalable platform that
takes the complexity out of the Energy Internet and creates a dialogue
between energy service providers and their customers. Delivering
consumer engagement software, in-home products and applications as well
as easy to integrate utility solutions such as Demand Response and
Energy Efficiency, Tendril offers unparalleled insight into energy
decisions, making the Energy Marketplace a reality. The company is
venture backed by VantagePoint Venture Partners, Siemens (News - Alert) Venture Capital
Good Energies, RRE Ventures and GE. For more information, visit www.tendrilinc.com.
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