Google’s new Nest Renew service, which allows users of the company’s smart thermostat to play a more active role in the battle against climate change, was developed in part on the back of technology built by Boulder-based Uplight Inc.
Uplight’s suite of software gives utilities granular data about how customers consume energy in their homes and businesses and offers ways to reduce their base power demand. It also provides a marketplace for consumers to find rebates and deals on energy-efficient appliances and electric vehicles.
This software, combined with Google’s smart thermostat and the new Nest Renew service, allows users to connect with their electricity utility to determine when the cheapest and cleanest energy is available.
“As Google has been getting into the (clean energy) space, we’ve been working with them to connect energy providers and take some of the utility programs that are available through the Uplight platform and bring them into the Google channel,” Uplight chief innovation officer Jennifer Kinney told BizWest. “We’re partnering with them to bring clean energy offers and programs from the utilities and enabling them into the Nest Renew application.”
Uplight counts major energy providers such as Xcel Energy Inc. (Nasdaq: XEL), ConEdison Inc. (NYSE: ED) and Duke Energy Inc. (NYSE: DUK) among its customer base of more than 80 energy providers.
“From a consumer perspective, (Nest Renew customers) not only get the capabilities that…