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  • “Improving energy efficiency is among the major ways that EPA envisions states and power companies complying with the regulation. Opower CEO Daniel Yates is happy about what that could mean for his company.

    "These EPA guidelines will work their way through state governments over the next few years. This is just a first step, so there is no immediate impact on our business, but we expect it to be a powerful long-term driver for expansion of energy-efficiency policy and future opportunities," he told analysts on a conference call Tuesday, according to a transcript on the financial news website Seeking Alpha.

    Here's One Company That's Really Psyched About EPA's Big Climate-Change Rule

    August 13, 2014

  • “More and more utilities are turning to behavioral programs for energy efficiency. That is, they invest in programs that encourage and incentivize customers to cut consumption. Some of them do so by comparing customers to each other, to activate the "peer pressure" reaction.

    But utilities have long wondered if such changes would last. Or would they disintegrate as the novelty wore off? This blog post from Opower cites evidence that behavioral change will indeed endure... and may even get better.”

    Want some good news for a change? Evidence that behavioral efficiency will last

    August 12, 2014

  • “The algorithm supplies a personalised breakdown of a customer’s energy use into categories such as HVAC, appliances and hot water, which Opower says works reliably for customers with traditional energy meters.

    Software engineers Justin Spradlin and John Vint said: “When existing hardware is lacking in intelligence, you can often compensate for it by applying software intelligence. Customers whose meters are read once a month can get a level of insight that’s very similar to what they’d get if their meter logged data every 15 minutes.”

    Opower’s algorithm delivers usage data (with or without a smart meter)

    August 5, 2014

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  • “Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. said 640,000 customers earned a credit on their bills last week for cutting back on electricity, the biggest test of a fledgling program aimed at reducing demand on hot days.The "Energy Savings Day" on Wednesday — part of BGE's voluntary Smart Energy Rewards program — earned people who bumped up their thermostats or made other changes an average of $6.80. It was the first such savings day of the summer.”

    More BGE customers earning bill credits for cutting back

    July 28, 2014

  • “If you are a customer of Green Mountain Power, you may be getting some important mail this week. Efficiency Vermont is asking 35,000 Green Mountain Power customers for feedback on energy use, and in turn, is providing them with personalized energy saving tips.”

    Efficiency Vermont Offers Advice to Cutback on Energy Use

    July 8, 2014

  • “A first-of-its-kind program set to launch this summer is aiming to conserve electricity and cut ratepayers' bills, by getting consumers to dial back on electricity use when demand is at its highest.”

    Efficiency Vermont, GMP Look To Curb Electricity Usage During 'Peak' Demand

    July 8, 2014

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