East Kentucky Power Cooperative equips electric co-ops with energy apps from Apogee Interactive

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East Kentucky Power Cooperative (EKPC) is bringing the power of Apogee's nationally accredited energy audit software to its 16 owner-member cooperatives that provide electricity to 1 million Kentuckians in eastern and central Kentucky.

EKPC selected Apogee's multiplatform energy analysis applications to provide an online self-service energy audit option to consumers, a desktop tool for call center employees and a mobile iPad or tablet audit tool for the cooperatives' in-home energy auditors.

"Our owner-member distribution cooperatives want to provide multiple energy efficiency options to their members and deliver positive energy audit experiences whether by phone, in person or online," said Scott Drake, manager of corporate technical solutions for EKPC. "Apogee's tools will make this possible since the consumer, field auditor and member service representative will all have access to the same energy analysis software, just with a different application interface."

In addition, the online audits will enable the cooperatives to follow up with members who are most likely to benefit from other energy-saving programs offered by the cooperative, he said.

From a technical standpoint, EKPC wanted to provide its cooperatives with a highly accurate, mobile energy audit solution that streamlines the in-home audit process and automatically generates a summary report.

"Apogee's app is one of the best tools I've seen in the industry, and I knew our cooperatives' field auditors would embrace this level of accuracy and in-depth in energy analysis," Drake said.

Apogee's proprietary AMES engine powers the auditor-facing tool, as well as the member service and consumer-facing online audit tools. This AMES engine is RESNET accredited at the highest Home Energy Rating System (HERS) level and ranked best-in-class in the BESTEST EX savings predictions test run by the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency.

Named EnergyInsights, Apogee's RESNET-accredited software enables the auditor to perform a pre-audit before visiting the home by using the home's billing data. The auditor then uses intuitive slider bars and drop down menus to enter the home's detailed profile while on location.

Clean, colorful graphical displays make it easy for the auditor to review the results with the consumer and talk through how weather, equipment, behavior and the structure itself affect energy use.

"We can also email the summary report to the consumer, and, because it's so easy-to-understand, we believe it will be more effective in motivating consumers to take energy-saving actions," Drake said.

EKPC is one of the largest generation and transmission cooperatives in the United States. EKPC is a not-for-profit, member-owned cooperative providing wholesale electricity to 16 owner-member distribution cooperatives that serve 520,000 Kentucky homes, farms, businesses and industries across 87 counties in eastern and central Kentucky.

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