Tendril picked for Kansas City smart grid demonstration project

Boulder, Colo., October 15, 2010 – Energy management technology provider Tendril has been selected for a four-year smart grid demonstration project for Kansas City Power and Light.

Rollout of the project to 14,000 homes and businesses served by KCP&L will begin soon. This demonstration project will use the Tendril platform, an end-to-end energy management and consumer engagement solution. 

The Tendril solution will provide home energy management devices such as in-home displays, load control switches, smart thermostats and appliances, as well as capabilities to support emerging technology such as electric vehicle recharging and distributed generation.

The Tendril platform helps customers gain insight and control over their energy use by utilizing products and applications that communicate directly with KCP&L’s existing infrastructure, and subsequently provide customers with the information they need to make good energy management choices day to day.

The platform also allows the utility to better understand customer energy usage patterns and better manage load to avoid major service interruptions.

All customers will have access to Tendril Tracker, an energy management portal that presents historical energy usage data aimed at educating customers on their energy usage patterns. It will also provide community comparison features so that consumers can compare their usage to other KCP&L customers with a similar profile, as well as receive recommendations on energy saving behaviors and choices.

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