Clay Collier was a founder of Akuacom, Inc., a leader in Automated Demand Response (Auto-DR) software, acquired by Honeywell International in May 2010. Honeywell won multiple U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Smart Grid Investment Grants and is the only company awarded Auto-DR grants.
Working in partnership with Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBNL), Akuacom led the development of the Demand Response Automation Server (DRAS), a utility-operated software suite used to automatically manage peak shaving, load shifting, and intermittent load management. Akuacom software is managing numerous pricing programs, including Real Time Pricing (RTP) and Peak Day Pricing, for active customer load of Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), Southern California Edison (SCE), San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), City of Tallahassee (COT), and Seattle City Lights. Akuacom also worked closely with PG&E, SCE and LBNL to open and publish the message set now referred to as OpenADR.
Clay began his career developing real-time processing software for high volume transaction systems at Teknekron in Berkeley, and then worked on robotic control applications at Telemecanique in France. At Navteq, he led the team that invented the first step-by-step route guidance system in North America. Clay founded Kivera, where as CEO he led deployment of the first wireless Location Based System application in the United States and enabled the internet application Triptik for AAA. Clay received his BA in Physics from UC-Berkeley.