SAN DIEGO, Jan. 30, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- DistribuTECH -- Comverge, Inc., the leading provider of Intelligent Energy Management solutions for Residential and Commercial & Industrial (C&I) customers, today announced that it has been awarded the 2013 Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative (SGCC) CLEAR Award for its excellence in customer education. The award recognizes one utility and one non-utility that serve as role models within SGCC and the industry, and in the development and implementation of customer education programs.
"Customer engagement and education programs can not only help increase energy efficiency, but also lead to increased participation in proven, long-term load management and conservation programs," said R. Blake Young, CEO and President of Comverge. "We're honored to be recognized by the SGCC for our efforts in providing solutions that help utilities reduce base load by educating and inspiring residential customers to become more energy aware."
Comverge has extensive experience in customer engagement and education having worked with utilities for the last 30 years to recruit more than one million customers into demand response programs. Building on that experience, Comverge recently launched SmartConsumer™, a comprehensive customer engagement solution, which includes an integrated suite of software and services that helps utilities reduce base load by educating and inspiring residential customers to become more energy aware. With the launch of SmartConsumer, Comverge is the first company within the U.S. energy management industry to offer a fully integrated solution that combines the proven demand-side management capabilities of direct load control and dynamic pricing with a customer engagement solution.
"Educating consumers is key to the successful implementation of smart grid," said SGCC Executive Director Patty Durand. "We're proud to recognize Comverge for its role in developing and implementing programs that help utilities engage customers in energy use."
The CLEAR award recipients were judged on the following behavior:
Consumers first: Organization has demonstrated a true, consumer-centric approach in the development and implementation of consumer education and awareness programs;
Leadership: Organization has exhibited initiative in the area of consumer education and is recognized as a consumer advocate and thought leader in the industry;
Excellence: Organization has demonstrated innovation and imagination in the creation of consumer-facing initiatives and programs;
Authenticity: Organization has demonstrated a high level of integrity in engaging with consumers and other key stakeholders in the industry; and
Results: Organization has been able to demonstrate, in a quantifiable way, a direct impact on consumer awareness and behavior.
To learn more about how Comverge is working with utilities to help inspire residential customers to use electricity more efficiently, please visit www.comverge.com/SmartConsumer.
Comverge delivers a comprehensive suite of intelligent energy management solutions that enable utilities, grid operators, and commercial and industrial organizations to optimize their energy usage in order to reduce costs, meet regulatory requirements, and support sustainability initiatives. With 30 years of experience helping customers implement innovative Demand-Side Management programs, Comverge has deployed more than five and a half million energy management devices, recruited over one million residential customers into mass market demand response programs, and served thousands of commercial & industrial customers. For more information, visit www.comverge.com.
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