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Quick Take: The challenge in energy efficiency is not so much rolling out the programs (though that's plenty challenging). The hardest part is the verification that allows the utility to get proper credit. The EnergySavvy Audit Partner Program described below is a way to partially automate the process, and to consolidate multiple programs into a single dashboard. A useful step forward. – Jesse Berst

 

With a goal to transform how utilities and trade allies can work together more effectively to accelerate energy efficiency, EnergySavvy has introduced an Audit Partner Program. The program enables energy audit software vendors to work with EnergySavvy’s flagship product, Optix, an energy efficiency management system.

 

As the press release on page 2 explains, the core of the program is support for HPXML, a technical standard embraced by the Building Performance Institute for data collection and exchange.

 

“The industry is clamoring for transparency and better quantification of energy efficiency and until now it’s been far too complex and expensive,” said Aaron Goldfeder, CEO of Seattle-based EnergySavvy. “EnergySavvy’s Audit Partner Program enables utilities and contractors to work together in a more business-friendly way through best-of-breed software while avoiding unnecessary costs and IT risk.  We’re honored to work with the best diagnostic software companies to embrace and bring open standards to the market.”

 

In terms of utility benefits, EnergySavvy believes leveraging an energy efficiency management system with out-of-the-box integration to audit software can lower cost, reduce overhead, avoid painful integration and improve the experiences of trade allies.

EnergySavvy and Partners Advance Open Standards to Accelerate Energy Efficiency

 

SEATTLE, Wash., April 30, 2013 – To address the expensive and complex challenges of managing energy data, EnergySavvy today launched its Audit Partner Program. The program aims to transform how utilities and trade allies can work together more effectively to accelerate energy efficiency.  It enables energy audit software vendors to work seamlessly with EnergySavvy’s flagship product, Optix, an energy efficiency management system.

 

“The industry is clamoring for transparency and better quantification of energy efficiency and until now it’s been far too complex and expensive,” said Aaron Goldfeder, CEO of EnergySavvy. “EnergySavvy’s Audit Partner Program enables utilities and contractors to work together in a more business-friendly way through best-of-breed software while avoiding unnecessary costs and IT risk.  We’re honored to work with the best diagnostic software companies to embrace and bring open standards to the market.”

 

The audit tool vendors that have already signed on to the EnergySavvy Audit Partner Program include Center for Energy and Environment, Energy Design Systems,OptiMiser and Snugg Home. EnergySavvy expects to announce additional partners in the coming weeks.

 

At the core of the Audit Partner Program is support for HPXML, a technical standard embraced by the Building Performance Institute (BPI) for data collection and exchange. HPXML has a critical role to play in standardization of software tools across all residential audit and measure-based energy efficiency programs – it lets industry software “talk” to other industry software using the same terms and in the same way.

 

The Audit Partner Program takes the open standard to the next step of operational reality. For vendors it means common technical support and quality levels for programs running Optix, a commitment to streamlined integrations and a transparent process for all parties involved. For energy efficiency programs, it means access to best-of-breed tools without expensive and risky integrations.

 

·         Benefits for Utilities. Leveraging an Energy Efficiency Management System with seamless “out-of-the-box” integration to audit software lowers cost, reduces overhead, avoids painful integration and improves the experiences of trade allies.

 

·         Benefits for Contractors. This industry partnership means “one and done” data entry, reducing the time and expense required of contractors.

 

·         Benefits for Audit Providers. Open standards keep audit providers from having to perform multiple one-off integrations to each different utility program.

 

About EnergySavvy

EnergySavvy enables utility energy efficiency programs to drive more energy savings per dollar, increase customer satisfaction and achieve evaluation-ready quantification. EnergySavvy’s flagship product, Optix, is an Energy Efficiency Management System that brings utilities, their customers and trade allies onto a common platform. Founded in 2008 in Seattle, EnergySavvy Optix powers leading utility energy efficiency programs across the country including Tennessee Valley Authority, Long Island Power Authority, CPS Energy and Puget Sound Energy. For more information visit www.energysavvy.com.

 

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