MEM energy data project selected as finalist in new climate tech award

Edited graphic for Wattwatchers being named finalist in NSW Sustainability Awards

With the NSW Sustainability Awards creating a new category this year for ‘Climate Technology Impact’, Wattwatchers is proud to have our entry selected as a finalist. We nominated the My Energy Marketplace (MEM) initiative, an ARENA grant-backed project running from 2019 to mid-2023, which is now the backbone for Wattwatchers’ fast-growing energy-data-as-a-service business. A winner will be announced on December 7th.

Wattwatchers is one of 35 finalists across 12 categories for the NSW Sustainability Awards, run by the Banksia Foundation on behalf of the NSW Government.

Our category is the Climate Technology Impact Award, introduced for the first time this year, in which we’ve been named as one of four finalists.

Wattwatchers entered our My Energy Marketplace (MEM) initiative, which began its life in 2019 as a nearly $10 million national consumer energy data project supported by a $2.7 million grant from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA).

The MEM is now a standalone business stream for Wattwatchers offering real-time and historical energy-data-as-a-service from a fleet of 5100 electricity customer homes, small businesses, community facilities, strata properties and schools.

New category attracts interest

The official press release announcing this year’s finalists highlighted the new category, saying: ‘This year’s introduction of the Climate Technology Impact Award drew much attention, as is reflected in the four finalists chosen.’

Banksia Foundation CEO Graz van Egmond reflected: ‘It is exciting to see so many innovative businesses developing technologies that have the potential to address climate change.’

The Wattwatchers entry says: My Energy Marketplace (the ‘MEM’) is a unique resource for securely and ethically sharing 5000+ electricity customer datasets, enabling Australian research and innovation for the clean energy transition.

Full details of all the 2023 NSW Sustainability Awards categories and finalists are available here.

Winners announced next month

Winners for all categories in the NSW Sustainability Awards will be announced at a celebratory event in Sydney on the evening of Thursday, December 7th.

Category winners will automatically progress to the 2024 National Banksia Sustainability Awards.

Case studies of all finalists will be included in the 2023 edition of a NSW Sustainability Success Stories publication.

FOOTNOTE: The recently-published final public knowledge report for the MEM project is available here on the ARENA website.