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NEW YORK CITY-In advance of its commercial availability, a smart power outlet that helps detect energy waste in offices is being piloted over the next three months. Dubbed the Eco Empowered Initiative, the pilot program from locally based ThinkEco Inc. has enrolled some major industry companies including Turner Construction, as well as corporate users including BlackRock and the Climate Group.

To date, more than 50 organizations have signed on to participate in a study of ThinkEco’s modlet (short for “modern outlet”), a smart outlet that monitors real-time equipment power consumption and helps create an automated savings program. The idea, ThinkEco says, is for office tenants to control energy consumption in the one area where they do have a direct say: plugged-in electronic equipment.

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