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e-Lite Power Use Planner with Green Button Usage Data

No two electrons are created with equal emissions. The mix of electricity sources to any neighborhood changes every five minutes. The emission intensity can change by a factor of two or three within the same day!

Imagine home and business owners checking their mobile apps each day to find the cleanest time to use electricity in their neighborhood that week.

Emission Information´s (EI) technology and the e-Lite mobile app make this break-through information technology possible.

Within e-Lite is the combination of the power of Green Button hourly usage data, weather forecasting, power generation and grid flow simulation, real-time grid-power flow monitoring, generator stack-level emission modeling using EPA´s eGrid data, and power flow tracing.

Mobile app users can download their usage data as it becomes available , review cleanest and dirtiest times to use electricity based on their zip codes, make commitments to shift their use of appliances to a cleaner period, and track the savings results of their committed actions. The mobile app presents users' results in terms of carbon footprint, tree-years, recycled paper or car-miles driven, compares them to neighbors or other groups, and users can then share these results with their friends via Facebook or other social networks.

EI´s strategic partner, Genscape Inc., has installed and maintains a proprietary network of power flow monitors strategically placed throughout the electricity grid to inform optimal generation dispatch and power flow forecasts.

EI has created stack-level emission models for every fossil-fuel power plant on the grid using EPA´s eGrid database. EI has also developed a tracing methodology to identify the generation sources of electricity contributing to any given demand substation on the grid. With these tools, EI produces an hourly forward-look of emission intensity for any given demand zip code on the grid. Combining these results with Green Button usage information produces a locational-specific carbon footprint from electricity use at an hourly level.

These results are delivered to the mobile app with a user-friendly interface to both inform and engage homeowners and businesses alike.

The e-Lite Power Use Planner with Green Button Usage Data can be found on the iTunes App store at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id836736664?mt=8 and can be tested using Testflight by following directions on the following link http://www.ballastlane.com/greenbutton

Submitted by gbeerel 5 months ago

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  1. It's good to see other Apps using hourly data to connect people with their power source. My marketing efforts over the last few years have led me to believe that is the best way to reach the consumer. Cleaner energy costs less.

    5 months ago
    1 Agreed
  2. What a wonderful app! Knowledge is power, and the information provided by this app will allow me to review my usage and make potentially positive changes. Thanks!

    5 months ago
    2 Agreed
  3. Great app! Makes it easy to achieve positive results. Awesome job!

    5 months ago
    0 Agreed
  4. Love it! A simple way to make a difference and a great launchpad. There is a lot of entrepreneurial activity around smart gadgets/internet of things. However, an information service that helps manage/configure them has been missing. I really hope you get a chance to take this further.

    5 months ago
    0 Agreed
  5. I like it, very well done, congrats! I'm very impressed with detailed calculations you did.

    5 months ago
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  6. Brilliant!

    5 months ago
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  7. Wow!

    Thank you.

    You are genius!

    5 months ago
    0 Agreed
  8. good data, easy to learn from and improve

    5 months ago
    0 Agreed
  9. Really cool.....I think its fun how I can compare how I am doing vs. my friends/group.

    5 months ago
    0 Agreed
  10. nice work- relevant and easy to use!

    5 months ago
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  11. Great App! Can't wait to use it!

    4 months ago
    0 Agreed
  12. muy buena idea..!!!

    4 months ago
    0 Agreed