Tuesday, March 23, 2010
GridPoint and ecobee Partner to Expand Smart Device Choice and Flexibility to Utilities and Consumers Date Tue March 23 2010 Category: Press Releases Written By ecobee and GridPoint
GridPoint and ecobee Partner to Expand Smart Device
TAMPA, FLA – GridPoint, Inc., an established leader in smart energy solutions, and ecobee, the award-winning green technology company, today announced at DistribuTECH that they are partnering to offer utilities and consumers more choice and flexibility to access best-in-breed smart devices. GridPoint’s home energy management solution will support ecobee’s Smart Thermostat, featuring an easy-to-read full-color LCD touch screen and advanced options for simple programming.
GridPoint’s home energy management solution, a comprehensive offering that provides the foundation for an interactive, ongoing relationship between utilities and consumers, allows for the rapid, easy integration of third-party devices – including smart thermostats, in-home displays, energy dashboards and smart plugs – into utility smart grid and energy efficiency programs. This solution provides utilities with greater device control for optimal load management capabilities, while at the same time increasing customer satisfaction and interoperability between and among technology utilized within the smart grid. The result is a meaningful energy management solution that encourages repeated consumer use.
“This partnership reflects our commitment to delivering a great consumer experience. ecobee is committed to providing solutions that will allow utilities to be more responsive to customers’ needs for energy usage and pricing information, tailored energy options and greater individual customer awareness and control,” said Stuart Lombard, ecobee President and CEO. “We are pleased to partner with GridPoint to deliver a vision of providing innovative strategies for conservation, energy efficiency and to facilitate the growth of the smart grid.”
The ecobee solution provides more than a Demand Response Thermostat or In Home Energy Display. ecobee enables utilities to deploy projects that will provide customers greater control and choice of how and when they consume their energy while allowing the utility to successfully manage demand response programs to create environmental benefits. ecobee also provides utilities with a future proof platform, rapid innovation, a lower long term cost of ownership, a standards compliant platform and a best-of-breed solution. ecobee products can be controlled through an easy to use web portal as well as an iPhone and iPod touch app.
“Utilities are helping their customers understand and manage their energy consumption by utilizing the growing number of energy monitoring and management devices available to consumers,” said Michael T. Donohue, Utility Division, GridPoint. “Our solution offers customers the flexibility to link to the devices that help them understand and control their energy consumption, and we see ecobee’s Smart Thermostat as one of those devices.”
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To learn more, visit ecobee at Booth 2604 and GridPoint at Booth 1945 on the exhibition floor.