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Fat Spaniel Technologies and Tendril Bring Smart Energy Home to Utilities and Consumers

Leaders in Smart Grid and Life Cycle Management Partner to Tackle Peak Load Problems
Market Wire, October 27, 2009

ANAHEIM, CA - Today at Solar Power International 2009, Fat Spaniel Technologies, a global provider of lifecycle management solutions for the renewable energy industry, announced a partnership with Boulder-based Tendril, a leading smart grid home energy management solutions company. The two companies will join forces to create a complete utility-facing solution for residential energy management incorporating data and analytics from renewable energy sources. Fat Spaniel's Insight Platform(TM), which enables sophisticated performance management of renewable energy portfolios, will be integrated with the Tendril Residential Energy Ecosystem (TREE) Platform. The enterprise-class TREE Platform, with engaging in-home devices and a suite of utility applications, provides a secure, end-to-end, easy-to-deploy, open, standards-based energy management system that empowers consumers to take control of their energy consumption. With unprecedented scalability, reliability and extensibility, the TREE Platform provides utilities with demand response, energy efficiency and variable pricing, along with a platform for future applications such as distributed generation management and vehicle-to-grid. The TREE Platform is currently being field tested in utility trials and pilots across the country. Visit booth 1710 for more information on our products and solutions.

"In today's clean energy economy, effectively integrating renewable energy into residential load management is crucial in bringing us to the next level of the smart grid," said Adrian Tuck, CEO of Tendril. "Combined with our deep experience with home area networking and utility back-end services, this partnership with Fat Spaniel will enable us to offer an optimal solution for utilities and consumers to seamlessly consolidate, process and manage data from distributed generation sources such as solar and wind."

With more than 37 percent of total U.S. generated power consumed by residential customers, the combined solution will enable consumers and utilities to reduce costs and increase energy conservation by enabling effective load control and optimal utilization of renewable energy. Although renewable energy portfolios pose a specific challenge due to their uneven generation from multiple sources, Fat Spaniel's suite of lifecycle management solutions is able to accurately monitor, analyze and process information essential for load control from renewable portfolios, therefore managing renewable energy as a dispatchable service for residential and utility customers. Integrating disaggregated household consumption and distributed generation data provides utilities with significantly improved ability for residential predictive modeling and dispatchable load analytics.

"Tendril has reinvented the industry from simple home automation to next-generation home energy management," added Matthew Powell, CEO of Fat Spaniel Technologies. "Together with TREE, Fat Spaniel's life-cycle management technology will deliver a comprehensive suite of demand-response programs for utilities and consumers, increasing overall capabilities in tracking and managing energy consumption to include renewable energy systems."

About Fat Spaniel Fat

Spaniel Technologies, Inc. is the leading provider of Lifecycle Management services for the renewable energy industry. Solar power producers, financiers, system integrators, plant owners, and OEMs take advantage of Fat Spaniel's category-defining Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions to maximize system uptime, energy output, and return on investment. Fat Spaniel's Lifecycle Management solutions empower renewable energy component vendors to provide fully manageable solutions and inspire application developers to innovate advanced Web-based energy applications and visualizations. With its partners and customers, Fat Spaniel shares the vision of a world where renewable energy is the first and best energy source, deployed in 23 countries and more than 3,000 locations worldwide. For more information, please visit www.fatspaniel.com.

About Tendril Networks

Tendril enables true 21st century energy efficiency by establishing actionable dialogue between consumers and their energy providers. The Tendril Residential Energy Ecosystem (TREE) is comprised of a comprehensive suite of energy management applications (like Demand Response, Energy Efficiency and Pricing) and a suite of in-home hardware (like thermostats, in-home displays and smart outlets) that are extended to consumers and utilities over an open and standards-based platform that guarantees secure, auditable transactions and enterprise-class communications. TREE is a consumer-centric ecosystem that is designed to integrate seamlessly with a Utility's or Energy Retailers' existing back office applications and network infrastructure allowing consumers and their energy companies to communicate, collaborate and create -- Smart Energy for Life. Tendril's home energy management vision is being delivered in concert with leading industry companies including; GE, Intel, Itron, Landis & Gyr, Ember and others. Tendril is venture backed by VantagePoint Venture Partners, Good Energies, RRE Ventures, Vista Ventures and Appian Ventures.