Next week in Austin at the Smart Energy Summit, Justin Segall of Simple Energy will present about the impacts of federal policy on energy management solutions, specifically describing the benefits of the White House driven Green Button initiative for customer engagement purposes. If you’ll be at the conference, stop by and say hi at 3pm on Thursday, March 1st at 3pm in the Texas Ballroom 1.
Other speakers on the panel include Scott Hinson of the Pecan Street Project, Annette Lown Mass of the Texas Office of the Public Utility Council, and Kenneth Wacks of the U. S. Department of Energy.
The Smart Energy Summit is an annual three-day event hosted by international research firm Parks Associates. The event examines the opportunities and technical and business requirements inherent in the consumer programs and advanced systems and services made possible by Smart Grids and Residential Energy Management solutions.
Simple Energy is the first third party applications to integrate with Green Button data, providing millions of utility customers with the ability to understand and manage their own energy use. Through leveraging the power of social networks and game mechanics, Simple Energy transforms Green Button data into a format that is a social, fun and simple way of motivating people to save energy.
Customers can view their data translated into a simple scoring system across a variety of platforms, including email, mobile, and Facebook, and then compare their score with their friends and neighbors online to compete for energy saving points, badges, and prizes.
In a recent New York Times article about Green Button, Simple Energy was described as an “online game program that turns energy management into a competition.”
“The company recently began trials of the game, along with Tendril’s energy monitoring device, with 200 residential energy customers in Texas and the San Diego area. Among San Diego Gas & Electric customers who took part in a three-month energy savings contest last fall, the average monthly savings was 20 percent. The winner, called the Biggest Saver, reduced her energy usage by about 45 percent.”
We are looking forward to discussing customer engagement and the Green Button initiative along with other federal policy mandates that impact energy management solutions. See you in Texas!