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Colorado-based Tendril is partnering with Essent N.V., the largest energy company in the Netherlands, on what they're calling the first-of-its-kind smart energy application crowdsourcing project.

 

This project will use the Tendril Connect cloud platform to link some of Essent’s smart meter-enabled residential customers with web and mobile application developers from around the world. The app developers will use Tendril Connect APIs to access rich interval usage data from energy meters and create innovative consumer apps for the program participants. Those participants will rate the apps and the developer with the best rating will receive prizes from Essent. App developers can register for the competition here.

Essent and Tendril Partner on First-Of-Its-Kind Smart Energy Application Crowdsourcing Project

April 25, 2012

Project Unites Real-Time Smart Meter Data, Tendril Connect Cloud Platform and Innovation of App Developer Community to Drive Real Value, Choice and Engagement for Consumers

Boulder, Colo. and DEN BOSCH, Netherlands–April 25, 2012 –Tendril, the provider of the cloud platform for the Energy Internet, has partnered with Essent N.V., the largest energy company in the Netherlands serving more than 2 million households, to collaborate on the first-of-its-kind smart energy application crowdsourcing project.

This unique project will use the Tendril Connect™ cloud platform to link some of Essent’s smart meter-enabled residential customers with web and mobile application developers from around the world. The app developers will use Tendril Connect APIs to access rich interval usage data from energy meters and create innovative consumer apps for the program participants.

The project will be presented at The Next Web Kings of Code Hack Battle taking place April 25-26 in Amsterdam and will officially begin later this year. During the pilot, app developers will create and test their apps. Essent will then make the apps available to participating households, who will be able to provide feedback to developers, and even rate the applications. The apps could be in a position to gain the attention of Essent’s parent company RWE and its various business units, representing millions of energy customers throughout Europe.

“For consumers, the real value of smart meters comes not from the meter itself, but from innovative, compelling applications that use analytics and other information to turn meter data into a relevant message and action for the consumer,” said Arjan van der Eijk, director, smart energy, Essent. “We believe this unique project will accelerate time to market for innovative energy applications tailored to the needs of our customers in a highly cost-effective manner. This type of innovation lies at the heart of our commitment to continually deliver value to our customers.”

Research has shown that consumers who receive real-time access to their electricity consumption information can achieve significant energy savings. According to a study by the Electric Power Research Institute, consumers who have the ability to monitor their energy use in real-time reduce their electricity consumption by as much as 20 percent.

“This is the future of home energy management,” said Kent Dickson, chief technology officer, Tendril. “It’s about harnessing the creativity of the developer community to build energy apps, offer them in an app store environment and let consumers choose the applications that best suit their needs. We architected our platform to make this type of creativity and choice possible and to enable utilities to meet the evolving needs of today’s consumers. Consumers have this type of choice in other areas of their lives. Why shouldn’t they have it in deciding how to manage their energy use?”

To help jumpstart the effort, Essent will award 1,000 euros to the developer who builds the best app using Tendril’s APIs at The Next Web Kings of Code Hack Battle this week. Essent will also provide additional prizes for the creator of the app that receives the best rating from consumers in the crowdsourcing program.

App developers interested in participating in the Essent smart energy app project should visit www.essent.nl/co-creation to register.

About Tendril

Tendril is the Energy Platform company, delivering end-to-end consumer engagement products, applications and services powered by Tendril Connect™—an open standards-based, secure and scalable platform that takes the complexity out of the Energy Internet. Tendril Connect creates a dialogue between energy service providers, third party providers of smart products and services, and consumers. Delivering consumer engagement software, in-home products and applications as well as easy to integrate utility solutions such as Demand Response and Energy Efficiency, Tendril offers unparalleled insight into energy decisions, making the Energy Marketplace a reality. The company is venture backed by VantagePoint Capital Partners, Siemens Venture Capital (SVC), Good Energies, RRE Ventures and GE. For more information, visit www.tendrilinc.com.

About Essent
Essent is the largest producer of (renewable) energy in The Netherlands and delivers electricity, gas and heat to private and business customers. The company regards the Netherlands and Belgium as its home market. The total production capacity of Essent/RWE in The Netherlands is 5,110 MW. Essent accounts for a fourth of all sustainably produced electricity in the Netherlands. The company employs 3,800 people (FTE). More information is available at www.essent.eu, www.flickr.com/essentnl and www.twitter.com/essentnieuws

Essent is a part of the international RWE Group. With about EUR 51.7 billion in revenue in 2011 and 72,000 employees, RWE is a leading European supplier of electricity and gas. In Europe, RWE supplies electricity and gas to more than 24 million customers.

This positions RWE amongst the top five of European energy companies. RWE invests an average of EUR 1 billion per year in European renewable energy projects.