DOE Announces $3.2 Million to Help Consumers Manage Energy Consumption

May 30, 2012

The Energy Department announced on May 22 phase I awards totaling nearly $3.2 million that will encourage utilities, local governments, and communities to create programs that empower consumers to better manage their electricity use through improved access to their own electricity consumption data. These projects will complement the Apps for Energy prizes by demonstrating how convenient tools and services can help consumers make more informed decisions about their energy consumption and helping to stimulate the market for the development of additional innovative energy applications. Awards were in seven states: Arizona, California, Iowa, Maine, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, and Texas. For phase II, the department will select one recipient to apply the tools and software to an entire service territory, region, or community

For example, the City of Dubuque, Iowa, will match a $500,000 DOE award to implement a Smarter Energy Conservation portal that gives residents access to their electricity consumption data. It uses advanced analytics, dynamic visualization, and activity-based engagement to help consumers better understand their consumption. See the DOE press release.