Tuesday, 10 February 2009

Enhanced TREE platform to scale DSM for utilities and energy providers

Tendril has released the latest version of its Tendril Residential Energy Ecosystem (TREE) platform.

The new version, according to the company, will further engage consumers in smart energy programmes and provide an extensive Demand Response (DR) platform for utilities and energy retailers.

According to the company, Tendril's "scalable, unified and integrated enterprise-class energy management solution brings together the smart energy ecosystem and allows utilities and energy providers to connect and personalise tools and programs for their customers like never before."

New benefits for utilities include: Extended value through enhanced DR and dynamic pricing programmes; Improvements to utility and back-office system user interfaces; Ability to push out updates "Over-the-Air" or "Over-the-Internet" seamlessly.

The company also referred to: Additional DR and load control reporting and monitoring, leading to improvements in predictive modeling for utilities to better forecast scenarios and avoid brownouts or other emergency grid preservation tactics; Increased interoperability with third-party thermostats, backhaul environments such as Itron and SSN and ERT integration; Enhanced support for backhaul environments and legacy metering systems.

For consumers, there is going to be significant increase in amount of information and visualisation for consumers through Tendril Vantage, the consumer web portal and Tendril Insight, the interactive in-home display, including up-to-the minute demand response (DR) data and ambient conditions such as weather.

Also, there is one-touch demand response opt-out function, allowing consumers to easily and hassle-free override a DR event, and a multi-coloured screen with interactive backlights that prompt consumers of changes in consumption and DR events, and other features such as "compare to yesterday."

Plus, there will be addition of consumer-controlled and pre-packaged rules (such as home/away settings) to automate and regulate thermostats and other devices remotely via the web and mobile devices.

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