Partnership to help consumers reduce energy consumption


Minnetonka, MN, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — July 23, 2010 – A partnership has been entered into between Digi International and GroundedPower, in which GroundedPower’s Interactive Customer Engagement System (iCES) has been fully integrated with the Digi X-Grid to connect consumers’ home energy devices.

The Digi X-Grid is an “extended grid” that enables real time, IP-based monitoring and control of home energy devices. The GroundedPower iCES system delivers energy customers an interactive application for better understanding their use and cost of energy and tools to motivate and empower dramatic and sustained energy savings.

The system has been tested in a year-long pilot project involving both companies for the Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard municipal agency, Cape Light Compact, in Massachusetts. As a result of using the system, which enables real time viewing of energy use and demand, savings metrics in kWh, dollars and CO2 emissions and provides opportunities for customers to sign up for energy saving activities, program participants reduced their daily energy use by 9.3 percent or 2.9 kWh per day.
“We are extending the smart grid beyond the electric meter,” said Larry Kraft, senior vice president of global sales and marketing, Digi International. “The ‘extended grid’ provides an easy and efficient real-time platform for electricity end users to actively engage with energy producers. The interactive customer engagement system motivates and empowers consumers to become active participants in the energy management process.”

“The Digi X-Grid allows consumers to easily plug their home energy devices into our Interactive Customer Engagement System,” added David A. Rosi, senior vice president of marketing, sales and business development for GroundedPower. “This allows consumers to integrate real time energy monitoring with our suite of consumer engagement and behavioral tools to help consumers conserve energy and save money.”

As a member of the Digi X-Grid Partner Program, GroundedPower is reselling Digi products and services as a part of its iCES platform.