May 11, 2011

Energy consumption data to get the Web 2.0 treatment

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Energy consumption data to get the Web 2.0 treatment

Energy data aggregator Gridglo has announced plans to marry smart meter data with other data feeds to produce a more accurate picture of how individual households use energy.

The Florida-based company has developed a proprietary software platform that scores consumers based on consumption, efficiency, predictability and engagement with energy-saving schemes.

It does this by aggregating data from smart meters with other data feeds. The types of information it will use include demographic data, financial information, wireless and mobile data, and information about social behaviour.

It also promises to use "other disparate data sources that can provide deep insight into energy behaviour patterns".

The company will even use satellite imagery to draw inferences about specific households. For example, it promises to identify which houses have solar panels installed simply by examining pictures of their roofs.

Gridglo will serve up this data in various forms to developers, including aggregated, de-identified and packaged layers.

The developers will then create third-party applications that can be integrated, Web 2.0 style, with other resources such as Facebook, mobile platforms and perhaps building management systems. The developer tools and APIs will be made available as a cloud-based service.

The firm hopes that utilities will use the data and applications to provide energy-saving incentives to customers.

One of its offerings is a rewards network, in which energy customers receive and redeem points for improved consumption behaviour, integrated into their utility bill.

Gridglo will manage campaign implementation, along with points accounting and redemption.


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