Program Evaluation, Programs & Policy

Energy Consumption Data and the Grid of the Future

8 May , 2017  

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Utilities Should Sell Customer Electricity Data Lexington Institute, April 25, 2017 Digital technology is deployed on the electric grid to make it “smarter,” allowing two-way communication and the transferring of data. This enables customers to manage electricity costs and make the grid more reliable. Since new data is collected from sensors on the grid, sharing […]

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Efficiency in Action, Markets & Business

How Does Your Home Energy Use Stack Up?

6 Oct , 2016  

Betsy Ricker, ERS, for Zondits Utilities across the country are providing their customers with reports that compare an individual home’s usage to their nearest neighbors, and it evidently makes an impact. By leveraging the power of social norms and appealing to the competitive aspect of human nature, these comparison reports have reduced energy consumption by […]

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Markets & Business, Markets & Trends

Oracle Buys Opower for $548 Million

2 May , 2016  


Oracle Corp. (ORCL) To Tap US Utility Transition With Purchase Of Energy Efficiency Developer Opower Inc. (OPWR) IBT, May 2, 2016. Image credit: Peggy_Marco U.S. software giant Oracle Corp. says it wants a slice of the clean energy transition unfolding across America’s $2.3 trillion utilities industry. Oracle (NYSE:ORCL) announced Monday it will buy software-as-a-service company Opower Inc. […]

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Program Implementation, Programs & Policy

Opower Focuses on Behavioral Science to Nudge Homeowners to Efficiency

22 Sep , 2014  


How do you get energy customers to make smart and meaningful choices when they might not care very much about it? This is a challenge recently-public energy-efficiency program administrator Opower confronts every day.

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