The United States Department of Energy has announced that make $8 million available to utilities, local governments and communities to assist consumers to manage their electricity usage more efficiently.
“Providing consumers with easy access to data on their energy consumption can help give them the tools they need to make informed decisions about their energy use” says Energy Secretary Steve Chu. “Developing applications and services to help consumers understand and control their energy use is a field ripe for American innovation,” he adds.
There are 2 stages to the project.In phase one, applicants will need to provide a detailed demonstration plan with a software application delivering a valuable customer service. Up to 12 projects will receive $500,000.
Phase 2 will see one project receive around$2 million for the widescale adoption of the servcies developed in phase 1.