EnergySavvy works with large utilities to gather data and find ways for their customers to use energy more efficiently.
What: Seattle-based EnergySavvy, a cloud-software company for utilities, which helps businesses incorporate clean-energy services for customers
Who: Aaron Goldfeder, co-founder and CEO
Tech for common good: Goldfeder was working at Microsoft in 2008 when his motivation to start a business kicked in. “I wanted to build a company that had social impact as a byproduct of its economic success,” Goldfeder said.
Greener energy: He chose clean energy, an increasing topic of conversation as climate-change concerns grow. EnergySavvy collects energy-use data from millions of buildings and homes to see patterns on efficiency and technologies, such as solar- powered energy. Then, utility customers can use those insights to educate customers about energy efficiency, upgrading homes and making changes to their own services.
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A cleaner world: Utilities are trying to figure out how they can be greener and cleaner in the future, Goldfeder said, and EnergySavvy’s technology helps them identify trends and make plans. The technology also assists utilities to connect with customers online or via phone to speed upgrades and take service action. “We’re really helping everyday people make smarter choices about how they interact with energy,” Goldfeder said.
Ever growing: EnergySavvy has 80 employees, most of which work in its Pioneer Square headquarters. The company also has an office in Boston and field workers across the country. EnergySavvy is growing its customer base; it has more than 30 enterprise customers, including Puget Sound Energy, National Grid and Arizona Public Service.
Expertise injection: EnergySavvy brought Tom King, the former CEO of National Grid, onto its board in June. With the move, the company also raised $3.6 million from existing investors. King, who also worked at Pacific Gas and Electric, based in San Francisco, brings years of experience and leadership to EnergySavvy, Goldfeder said.
— Rachel Lerman