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Home energy management is where most venture capitalists have placed their smart grid bets, but that’s made for a crowded marketplace in a market still in its infancy. Maybe adding commercial clients can give startups like these access into more mature markets? That seems to be the goal of Austin, Texas-based Incenergy. It was just picked by Austin’s Pecan Street Project smart grid consortium to integrate energy management software, wireless networks and energy-smart appliances in homes, and it has a similar pilot project planned with Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative. But it’s also doing commercial building controls, with deployments in the Austin offices of French utility EDF and through home and small business electronics distributor DSI Systems in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Texas’s competitive, deregulated energy market does offer some advantages for making money on energy management, both at homes and small businesses.