Efficiency Vermont, the nation’s first statewide energy efficiency utility, has chosen EnergySavvy’s Optix platform to help scale and streamline its Home Performance with ENERGY STAR ® and Building Performance programs. The effort will help the state of Vermont achieve its ambitious 2020 goals for residential, multi-family and commercial retrofits, and help more Vermonters save money on their energy bills.
A recognized national leader in energy efficiency program delivery, Efficiency Vermont helps state residents reduce energy costs, strengthen the local economy, and protect the environment by making homes and businesses energy efficient.
EnergySavvy’s cloud-based utility software will enable Efficiency Vermont to provide an integrated approach to its energy efficiency programs by bringing customers, contractors, trade allies and the utility onto one platform. Working alongside other software partners, such as OptiMiser for in-home audits, EnergySavvy provides a platform for Efficiency Vermont to help more Vermonters improve the efficiency of their homes.
From Thousands to Tens of Thousands
Efficiency Vermont has been honored with numerous awards over the years, most recently recognized by the American Council for an Energy-Efficiency Economy (ACEEE) for Retail Efficient Products Residential Lighting, Residential New Construction (with Vermont Gas Systems), and Low Income Services. The organization even received the Department of Energy’s 2013 ENERGY STAR Award for Sustained Excellence. Last year, more than 1,100 whole-house energy projects were completed through Efficiency Vermont’s Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program.
But in the next six years in order to meet the aggressive goals set forth by the Vermont legislature, tens of thousands of homes and businesses will need to be retrofitted. Recognizing the strategic imperative ahead, Efficiency Vermont searched for a platform on which to scale and streamline their programs. After a competitive RFP process, they selected EnergySavvy Optix to provide a strong and flexible program management software platform for its Home Performance with ENERGY STAR and Building Performance programs.
To Scale Energy Efficiency on Earth, Look to the Cloud
Like many organizations, Efficiency Vermont is constantly looking for ways to increase the energy savings provided to customers for every dollar spent by the program. The ability to quantify and deliver savings through data transparency and control has become a prerequisite for program scalability. Purpose-built for utility demand-side management and energy efficiency, Optix fits this need perfectly. Optix simplifies program workflow and brings transparency to energy efficiency data. Continuous innovation and improvement of the platform through implementations in 22 states makes the cloud-based Optix platform future-proof, unlike premise-based and custom software solutions.
“Our goal at Efficiency Vermont is to provide a range of energy-saving solutions for everyone in the state,” said Jim Merriam, Director of Efficiency Vermont. “In the past, we have had to innovate all of our program management solutions in-house, as third-party software options couldn’t live up to the complex needs and goals of our statewide programs. We look forward to working with EnergySavvy and using Optix as a core component of our infrastructure, helping us to better meet the needs of our customers and partners.”
Efficiency Vermont also becomes the nation’s fourth major program to adopt the Home Performance XML (HPXML) standard for exchanging building performance data internally and externally among its partners. This emerging standard reduces the time, expense and overhead of managing projects among vendors, contractors and programs and provides more predictability for contractors and modeling tools. Through its leadership, Efficiency Vermont is advancing standards like HPXML to quickly incorporate and develop new and innovative offerings to scale energy efficiency.