Despite layoffs and business model changes, Smart Grid News’ Jesse Berst thinks home energy startup Tendril is in a good position for growth.
The last time you encountered WeatherBug — the brand name of a company that has 8,000 weather tracking stations across the U.S. and sells various weather-based services — could have been when you were trying in vain to uninstall an early version of its ad-based desktop application. Microsoft’s Windows once mistakenly classified it as spyware. Oops. Nowadays, though, the 18-year-old Germantown, Md.-based WeatherBug, a brand of AWS Convergence Technologies, has been selling weather services into the utility and energy markets and it’s eagerly looking to grab ahold of the increasingly booming smart grid market.
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The current momentum behind the smart grid industry, which includes billions of dollars from the smart grid stimulus funds, is convincing utilities to partner up with new startups. Here’s the latest: Two year-old startup EnergyHub, which makes a sort of ultra-mobile PC (UMPC) for home energy management, says this morning that it is working on a smart grid trial with Consolidated Edison Company of New York (Con Edison), through which it will provide its energy dashboard, an energy web portal and other tools to a select group of ConEd’s customers.
The startup, which raised a first round from investors .406 Ventures and Physic Ventures in April, has been touting a 50-home pilot with an unnamed “east coast” customer for about a year now, and this pilot with ConEd (which is seperate from that other deal) with involve about 100 homes. (Updated)
so we’re glad to see that it’s finally been unveiled. EnergyHub’s tools will be part of a $6 million pilot project which will look at a variety of technology pieces and vendors.
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