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GMRI, Avangrid, and Tilson project named finalist in Department of Energy Apps for Energy Challenge

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Washington, DC, April 30, 2014  – The Department of Energy announced today that Gulf of Maine Research Institute's PowerHouse educational energy application is a finalist for best overall application in their Apps for Energy Challenge. This contest is a four-part, year-long Challenge to introduce the public to data and resources offered by the U.S. Department of Energy. The GMRI application, built in partnership with smart grid operator Central Maine Power and technology firm Tilsonis the GMRI’s newest education initiative, engages students directly in math and science learning. Utilizing the rapidly growing network of smart electrical meters in Maine households, PowerHouse enables Maine students and their families to investigate and manage their home electricity use. Students engage in authentic investigations and use evidence-based reasoning about electricity consumption and participate in family discussions about energy use at home. They realize energy management with their families and engage productively in the quest for climate change solutions.

There are four finalists for the First Prize ($25,000) and Second Prize ($12,500) awards for the best overall applications. Winners of the First and Second Prizes will be announced at an event to be held later this Spring in Washington D.C. The finalists are invited to demo their apps at the event. The finalists are:

About Tilson: Tilson is a high growth (three years on the inc. 5000), 100 employee team of telecom, information technology, and energy professionals with a world-wide practice. Tilson has offices in Portland, ME, Syracuse, NY, Pittsburgh, PA, Foley, AL, and Denver, CO. Tilson provides services to industry and government in:

  • Wireless site acquisition, construction, small cell and DAS for mobile carriers, public safety, and smart grid applications
  • Technology capital project management
  • Information technology, including software development, project management, and information security
  • Fiber optic engineering, permitting, and construction management

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