T&D World Magazine

Xcel Energy and GridPoint Deploy Next-Generation Home Energy Management

Xcel Energy and GridPoint, Inc. have announced that 1.4 million residential Colorado utility customers now have access to the My Account site on www.xcelenergy.com using GridPoint’s recently released home energy management solution.

The new portal allows customers to design and personalize both their electric and natural gas energy usage strategies based on their historical energy use. This could potentially save customers money and reduce their carbon footprint, as well as view and soon pay their bill online.

The initial deployment encompasses Xcel Energy’s Colorado service territory. Xcel Energy has the option to extend the program across its entire eight-state service territory after successful implementation in Colorado.

Boulder, Colo., customers who qualify for a Demand Side Management pilot project as part of the SmartGridCity pilot program will soon have the ability to control some household devices through the site.

Key characteristics about the consumer’s home and energy use are gathered through a simple four-step survey and used to provide consumption, cost and carbon footprint estimates. Customers who desire a deeper understanding of their energy use can take advantage of advanced functionality, including graphically displayed billing information and historic consumption patterns.

Enterprise-class server technology allows GridPoint’s home energy management software to deploy rapidly and support millions of households. The customizable design of the consumer portal offers maximum flexibility for future integration of additional smart grid programs like load management, renewable integration, storage management and smart charging programs for plug-in vehicles.

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