This article was originally published to Utility Dive.
Utility Dive recently took a look at AEP Ohio and the new software they’ll be giving to their customers. The program is called It’s Your Power and will uses Powerely’s unique software platform to give customers greater control over their energy consumption. They’ll also offer customer’s a Powerley Thermostat, which AEP will use for demand response programs.
According to Utility Dive, “The company touts its speed and ease of installation: it look Powerley less than a year to move from initial internal testing to AEP’s full-scale rollout. The app was downloaded more than 10,000 times in three months, the company said.”
Utility Dive quoted the company’s CEO as saying, “Powerley’s solution allows utilities to ‘go beyond the meter’ to swiftly innovate the customer experience by providing consumers with a real-time window into their energy usage. Bridging the smart home to the smart grid, utilities can drive innovation, efficiency and engagement.”
Customers increasingly expect sophisticated energy offerings and sleek interfaces from their utilities, which are now partnering with tech companies to turn new products into energy resources.
According to Cisco, in the next four years internet-connected devices will account for more than half of the world’s 27 billion gadgets. In the energy space, those will include water heaters, electric vehicle chargers, pool pumps and more, allowing utilities to shift demand to off-peak hours.