Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

National Grid launches IoT Energy Platform in MA, RI

William Payne
June 2, 2016
 
Massachusetts based energy utility provider National Grid USA is introducing ConnectedSolutions, a platform that allows customers to connect and manage smart devices and appliances at home or at work, to customers in Massachusetts and Rhode Islands. ConnectedSolutions is powered by Maryland based Earth Networks' Weatherbug Home technology.

National Grid USA’s platform is designed to help customers reduce energy use in the summer, when energy demand is high. ConnectedSolutions will help reduce energy use during periods of peak demand. This will help reduce regional energy costs, protect the environment by lowering emissions, and support state and local energy initiatives.

Powered by WeatherBug Home’s Internet of Things (IoT)-centric approach to bring additional energy intelligence and value, the platform will initially work with Honeywell and ecobee smart thermostats, and expand over time to additional connected devices including washers, dryers and hot water heaters.

With 50% of a home’s energy usage is driven by weather, ConnectedSolutions utilizes WeatherBug Home’s ability to integrate proprietary weather data, with patented thermodynamic modelling and energy consumption data from connected devices.

“National Grid is committed to customer convenience and reducing energy costs,” said Carlos Nouel, National Grid’s leader of the New Energy Solutions division. “By utilizing WeatherBug Home, the ConnectedSolutions platform provides our customers with energy intelligence that does the work for you to maximize savings and comfort. We are excited to introduce this to Massachusetts and Rhode Island customers, and eventually, roll it out across our entire service area.”

In the coming months, National Grid plans to expand the platform to customers in New York.

“We are pleased to team up with National Grid to bring our big data capabilities and proven energy intelligence platform to homes and businesses across Massachusetts. The value of our IoT-centric approach to energy management was affirmed by a recent National Grid residential pilot finding that WeatherBug Home’s HVAC control and optimization capabilities saved 16.5% in electricity usage when cooling homes, compared to 5.1% HVAC savings from a connected thermostat,” said Bob Marshall, chief executive officer, Earth Networks. “It is rewarding to see pioneering utilities such as National Grid seek new ways to deliver superior service and value to customers, and we are excited to work closely with National Grid on this platform.”