NRG and ThinkEco Bring Energy-Saving Technology to Businesses
Reliant, an NRG company, to Offer Easy-to-Use Smart Outlets in Texas
HOUSTON -- August 22, 2013
Texas businesses have a powerful new tool to monitor and manage electricity,
thanks to an innovative technology relationship between NRG Energy, Inc.
(NYSE: NRG) and ThinkEco (www.thinkeco.com). The first application is the new
modlet^® Smart Outlet, a ThinkEco product offered by Reliant, an NRG company.
The Smart Outlet is a cloud-based, energy-efficiency solution that tracks
plugged-in equipment and wirelessly sends real-time usage data to
Internet-connected computers, smartphones or tablets. Businesses can use this
information to control energy use and help achieve savings of as much as 30
percent per device.
The Smart Outlet fits easily onto any standard electrical outlet, making the
technology platform scalable to commercial environments of any size. More than
25 percent of the average office electricity use today goes to plugged-in
equipment and appliances. Managers can centrally control and monitor their
devices through a web browser, or by using ThinkEco’s free iPhone^® and
Reliant is the first retail electric provider in Texas to offer a solution of
this type to its large commercial customers or customers whose peak usage is
greater than 1 megawatt.
“The Smart Outlet initiative with ThinkEco gives business customers more
control to lower their usage and a better understanding of their larger energy
footprint,” said Elizabeth Killinger, Retail Regional President, NRG. “The
Smart Outlet reflects our commitment to exploring creative energy solutions to
help companies reach sustainability goals and manage costs.”
By monitoring energy use, business managers can understand daily, weekly or
monthly patterns and adjust as needed. By scheduling the Smart Outlets,
businesses can end vampire power, also called standby power, from devices that
draw energy even when switched off or in sleep mode. Customers also can set
on/off schedules for individual devices or whole departments.
“We are excited to work with NRG and Reliant to offer our solution to their
large commercial customers to address their current and future needs,” said
Matthew Tolliver, Vice President of business development at ThinkEco. “Reliant
and NRG’s philosophy of using smart technologies to empower energy customers
resonates with our core mission and our desire to continue innovating in this
For more information about the Smart Outlet, visit reliant.com/smartoutlet or
About NRG Energy
NRG is at the forefront of changing how people think about and use energy. We
deliver cleaner and smarter energy choices for our customers, backed by the
nation’s largest independent power generation portfolio of fossil fuel,
nuclear, solar and wind facilities. A Fortune 500 company, NRG is challenging
the U.S. energy industry by becoming one of the largest developers of solar
power, building the first comprehensive electric vehicle ecosystem, and
providing customers with the most advanced smart energy solutions to better
manage their energy use. In addition to 46,000 megawatts of generation
capacity, enough to supply nearly 40 million homes, our retail electricity
providers – Reliant, Green Mountain Energy and Energy Plus – serve more than
two million customers. More information is available at www.nrgenergy.com.
Connect with NRG Energy on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @nrgenergy.
About ThinkEco, Inc.
New York City-based ThinkEco, Inc. is a leading provider of easy-to-use energy
efficiency solutions for homes and businesses. ThinkEco’s patented technology
platform enables cloud-based applications powered by intelligent algorithms
and featuring an attractive and customizable customer user interface with
which partners can integrate. ThinkEco’s modlet smart-plug provides remote
metering of plug load power consumption in real time, and enables users to set
savings schedules to better control their energy use and quantify savings. For
more information, visit www.thinkeco.com or follow the company on Twitter
@ThinkEco and Facebook at www.facebook.com/ThinkEco.
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