ComEd To Pilot HomeBeat Energy Monitoring

Bidgely’s new HomeBeat Energy Monitor and Web & Mobile engagement solution is to be piloted in northern Illinois.
Published: Wed 11 Feb 2015

Silicon Valley energy analytics solution provider Bidgely has, since its 2011 founding, developed a range of solutions focused on energy disaggregation to provide customers with personalized insights on their energy use.

HomeBeat Energy Monitor

The company’s latest products, which were launched at Distributech 2015, include:

● HomeBeat Energy Monitor, a low cost, easy to install ZigBee SEP 1.1 gateway for real-time information on energy usage down to the appliance level

● An updated Web & Mobile app to track energy usage, featuring a redesigned user interface and improved performance on iOS and Android for smartphones and tablets

● HomeBeat Agent, a tool to help utility customer support representatives to quickly resolve high bill disputes with detailed customer energy usage information and month-to-month comparisons.

Pilot at ComEd

The first utility to offer the new energy monitor and Web & Mobile engagement solution will be Commonwealth Edison (ComEd), which is to launch a six-month pilot with customers in late spring. The project is part of ComEd’s SmartGridExchange, a collaboration between ComEd and entrepreneurs, technology start-ups, universities and customers to explore and design new products and offers that utilize the intelligence of the smart grid and smart meter.

“Our goal is to maximize the value our customers realize from our investment in smart grid technology,” said Val Jensen, senior vice president of Customer Operations, ComEd. “We are building a platform for product and service innovation that will unlock customer value that we’re only beginning to glimpse.”

During the pilot, 250 participants will be selected to receive the HomeBeat Energy Monitor, which will allow participants to connect directly to their ComEd smart meter and provide real-time data to the Bidgely cloud. An additional 2,500 participants will receive access to Bidgely’s HomeBeat Web & Mobile platform, which utilizes information collected and sent over the ComEd smart meter network to Bidgely’s cloud.

The HomeBeat platform will provide personalized appliance-level insights through the company’s disaggregation-based solution. This technology will empower customers to take specific actions that will help them save energy. The inclusion of the HomeBeat Energy Monitor will enable ComEd to offer real-time energy insights, such as high-usage alerts via mobile push notifications within minutes of use.

Energy disaggregation

Bidgely is currently working to provide its energy disaggregation solution to several utilities. Among these:

● For TXU Energy, Bidgely is integrating its cloud-based services and advanced analytics to the company’s MyEnergy Dashboard. The enhanced dashboard is expected to roll out to TXU Energy’s roughly 1.5 million residential customers during 2015.

● For London Hydro, Bidgely is integrating its solution into the My London Hydro energy portal. This project utilizes the Green Button Connect standard, which was implemented by London Hydro for its portal.

● Bidgely was awarded a grant from Energy Excelerator to support provision of its solution to utility customers in Hawaii.

Commenting on the company’s new products, Bidgely CEO Abhay Gupta referred to the transformation of utilities into “trusted energy advisors for their customers.”

“With appliance-level disaggregation technology at its core, our new products will help make utilities more competitive, relevant and user-friendly in their customers’ eyes – similar to other modern service providers that dominate the tech space.