NRG Energy offers energy saving tool to businesses


Elizabeth Killinger,
Retail Regional
President, NRG
Houston, TX, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — August 27, 2013

Texas energy company NRG Energy, Inc. has entered into a technology relationship with ThinkEco to offer a new energy monitoring and management tool to businesses.

The first application is the new modlet Smart Outlet, which is offered by Reliant. The Smart Outlet is a cloud-based, energy efficiency solution that tracks plugged-in equipment and wirelessly sends real time usage data to internet connected computers, smartphones or tablets. Businesses can use this information to control energy use and help achieve savings of as much as 30 percent per device.

The Smart Outlet fits easily onto any standard electrical outlet, making the technology platform scalable to commercial environments of any size. More than 25 percent of the average office electricity use today goes to plugged-in equipment and appliances. Managers can centrally control and monitor their devices through a web browser, or by using ThinkEco’s iPhone and Android apps.

Reliant is the first retail electric provider in Texas to offer a solution of this type to its large commercial customers or customers whose peak usage is greater than 1 MW.  

“The Smart Outlet initiative gives business customers more control to lower their usage and a better understanding of their larger energy footprint,” said Elizabeth Killinger, Retail Regional President of NRG. “The Smart Outlet reflects our commitment to exploring creative energy solutions to help companies reach sustainability goals and manage costs.”  

By monitoring energy use, business managers can understand daily, weekly or monthly patterns and adjust as needed. By scheduling the Smart Outlets, businesses can end standby power from devices that draw energy even when switched off or in sleep mode. Customers also can set on/off schedules for individual devices or whole departments.