Green Mountain Power Commits to Safety with Local App JoyRyde

02 November 2015

Middlebury College Student’s App Rewards Drivers for Not Using their Phone 
Colchester, Vt. – Green Mountain Power is always focused on safety, whether during storms, routine maintenance or everyday operations. And now there is a new Vermont-made tool to help keep employees even safer behind the wheel. GMP is proud to be the first company to sign up to use a new safety app called JoyRyde.  The app works by tracking the user's distance and length of time driving without phone distractions such as texting, talking on their cell phone, even hands-free or using apps with the exception of navigation. The app collects data on length of time and miles driven and drivers are awarded credits that can be redeemed for rewards, discounts, coupons or a charitable donation at a wide range of local businesses and organizations. 
“Safety is the essential component of the work we do every day as we provide reliable, cost-effective and clean power to customers,” said GMP CEO and President Mary Powell. “As soon as we heard about JoyRyde’s service, we knew it was something that fit with our culture of safety, accountability and fun. As Vermont’s Energy Company of the Future, we are committed to bringing the latest innovations to help Vermonters while supporting local entrepreneurs and startup companies like JoyRyde.”
Green Mountain Power employees will download the app and begin using it this week. The company says it will track scores and encourage employees to redeem the rewards they earn or make a contribution to a local charity of their choosing. In addition, GMP will provide additional incentives, including an extra vacation day for the employee with the top safety score.
Terry Goguen is a Middlebury College Senior who developed the app. He wanted to design something that would reward people for being safe behind the wheel and create positive reinforcement to tackle the serious issue of distracted driving.   
“We are so excited to have Green Mountain Power join as the first company customer to use our app and incorporate it into their safety and wellness program,” said JoyRyde creator Terry Goguen.  “I am passionate about promoting safe driving in a way that is fun and our new app shows that it does pay to drive safely. We hope more companies, especially those with large vehicle fleets and employees who commute by car, will join and help us make our roads safer.”
To learn more about JoyRyde, visit http://www.joyryde.co/ or JoyRyde’s facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/joyrydeapp/?fref=ts
To learn more about Green Mountain Power, visit www.greenmountainpower.com
About Green Mountain Power:
Green Mountain Power (GMP) serves approximately 265,000 residential and business customers in Vermont and has a vision to be the best small company in America by partnering with Vermonters to improve lives and transform communities. GMP is focused on a new way of doing business to meet the needs of customers with integrated energy services that help people use less energy and save money, while continuing to generate clean, cost-effective and reliable power in Vermont. GMP is the first utility in the world to get a B Corp certification, meeting rigorous social, environmental, accountability and transparency standards and committing to use business as a force for good. In 2014, Vote Solar named GMP a Solar Champion. More information at: www.greenmountainpower.com. Connect with GMP on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @GreenMtnPower.  

Kristin Carlson, Green Mountain Power, (802) 229-8200