EEme spoon-feeds actionable insight to energy efficiency stakeholders using data-analytics.
EEme was co‐founded by Enes Hosgor and Dan Schnitzer. Both are PhD students in the Department of Engineering & Public Policy and are researchers at the Carnegie Mellon Electricity Industry Center at the Tepper School of Business.
Dan is Founder and Executive Director of EarthSpark International, a social enterprise providing access to clean energy technology in Haiti since 2008. Dan has 2 years of energy consulting experience, primarily in DSM program design and evaluation and large‐scale renewables integration. Dan received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago in Physics, Economics and Environmental Studies.
Enes previously worked at Cambridge Energy Research Associates’ (CERA) consulting group in Houston, TX. He has a Master’s degree in Energy & Earth Resources from The University of Texas at Austin where he was Fulbright Scholar. He holds a B.S. in Geological Engineering from Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara, Turkey.
EEme derives revenue from two sources:
1. Utility and state Demand-Side Management (DSM) program contracts. EEme provides utilities and state DSM programs, especially smaller ones with limited administrative budgets, with a turnkey DSM monitoring and customer engagement system. EEme projects these contracts to be worth approximately $5 per consumer, which is approximately one‐third the amount that utilities and State administrators presently spend on DSM administration.
2. Commissions and contracts from retailers and contractors on EEme user conversions. EEme will take a commission worth 3% of the purchased energy efficiency measure. Partnerships with EEme will allow a contractor to serve as the exclusive service provider for certain EE or renewable energy (RE) investments with EEme users in certain areas.
EEme’s main competitor is Energysavvy, which, like EEme, is available to individual consumers as well as utilities and state DSM program administrators. Energysavvy engages customers with a quick online energy audit that results in a customized energy efficiency “score” and projected 3‐year cost savings. Energysavvy then offers to connect the user to prescreened EE contractors to install relevant EE measures. However, Energysavvy fails to establish a connection between utility, state and federal rebates available to the customer in a clear manner. They provide just a list of EE alternatives and not facilitate the user decision-making process It also does not incorporate augmented rebates or social elements to bring about higher and more cost‐effective customer participation.
The EEme team does not have the capital the competition has. But we have a better vision of residential EE deployment: easy-to-understand, economically meaningful and relevant solutions that are customized to each individual household. Competitors also do not utilize aerial thermal imaging to locate hotspots of energy loss. Moreover, the founders of Energysavvy do not have energy backgrounds, neither academically, nor professionally. EEme has both, plus a passion in energy!