Royal Oak-based Powerly Expands Energy-Driven Smart Home Experience


Powerly, a Royal Oak-based utility-led smart home technology company, today introduced their updated energy conservation platform at the annual DistribuTECH conference in San Diego.

Launched in 2015, following three years of development, DTE Energy and Vectorform — a global design and technology firm in downtown Royal Oak — formed Powerley, an enterprise that encourages residential customers to reduce and control their energy use via a smartphone app.

With the enhanced platform, Powerly has gone beyond the smartphone to better manage electrical and natural gas usage via wearables and voice activation using Amazon Echo, which connects to the Alexa Voice Service. With a constant connection to the home’s smart meter, the Powerley Energy Bridge (that complements the system and is the size of a home router) enables real-time energy usage data for the whole home and every connected appliance and device within it.

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“With our new introduction, Powerley is realizing the vision of connecting the smart grid to the smart home — addressing utility needs for energy efficiency, peak load management, and customer loyalty while unlocking revenue streams from the smart home,” says Manoj Kumar, CEO of Powerley. “We believe that utilities are best positioned as the trusted channel to proliferate the smart home, and with our new release we have put them in the driver’s seat.”

After collaborating with energy companies, including DTE Energy, AEP Ohio, and BC Hydro, Powerly is now available to over 5 million households. The evolution of Powerley’s platform builds on the company’s leadership in energy management and enables utility companies to drive energy efficiency and customer engagement, while building new connected revenue streams.

Powerley’s platform provides a complete smart home experience from which utility companies can offer connected solutions, as well as better position them within the smart home market, which is expected to surpass $171 billion by 2022. 

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