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  • “We first met Dan Yates and Alex Laskey six years ago when Opower was piloting a new kind of energy efficiency program to just a few thousand homes by a small utility in Sacramento.The program had a simple hypothesis: By giving people personalized data-driven insights about their energy consumption, you could help them save energy. Inspired by Dan and Alex’s enthusiasm and belief that Opower would one day become pervasive in the global utility industry, [New Enterprise Associates] led the their first round of institutional venture capital when the company had just 12 employees.”

    Opower’s journey to going public

    April 13, 2014

  • “And check out Opower, which just went public. Opower works with utilities and consumers to lower electricity usage and bills using behavioral economics, explained Alex Laskey, the company’s co-founder, at their Arlington, Va., office. They do it by giving people personalized communications that display in simple, clear terms how their own energy usage compares with that of their neighbors. Once people understand where they are wasting energy — and how they compare with their neighbors — many start consuming less. And, as their consumption falls, utilities can meet their customers’ demand without having to build new power plants to handle peak loads a few days of the year. Everybody wins. Opower just signed up the Tokyo Electric Power Company and its 20 million homes.”

    Go Ahead, Vladimir, Make My Day

    April 13, 2014

  • “What lowers energy use? Behavioral research shows appeals to citizenship and the environment and even promises of cost savings fall flat. Peer pressure, however, works. Opower is a company that uses that insight to redesign electric bills. A typical Opower bill might point out you’re using 10 percent more energy than your neighbors and offer suggestions for how to lower that. Now serving more than 90 utilities around the world, Opower says its personalized messages lower overall energy use 1 to 3.5 percent.”

    Apps that might help nudge you into financial health

    April 11, 2014

  • “It may have been a celestial sign that, smack in the middle of The Wall Street Journal's ECO:nomics conference last week, a company called Opower Inc. OPWR -1.10%launched its initial public offering. Opower uses behavioral science to get homeowners to reduce energy use. It priced at $19 a share and now trades near $22.The message to conference goers: There's still plenty of momentum—and money to be made—at the intersection of business and the environment.”

    Hungry for Power, Hungry for Innovation

    April 8, 2014

  • “It's fun to see a young, innovative startup succeed where companies like Google and Microsoft failed so miserably. But this is more than a feel-good story of upstarts besting entrenched and well-funded competitors. Opower's IPO is valuable for the entire industry.”

    Why Opower's IPO is so important to all of us

    April 8, 2014

  • “Sometimes slow and steady wins the race. And in the same spirit, sometimes a company that plays a low-key ground game with regulators, utilities and the post office can succeed where the savviest tech companies failed.Judging by its initial public offering on Friday, file Opower Inc. OPWR -5.43% among the winners. The software company was valued at just over $1 billion after a 21% pop in its first day of trading, making it a bright spot among efforts by software makers to become players in the electricity industry.

    How Opower Bested Google

    April 7, 2014

  • OPower's initial run-up sounds like many successful recent tech IPOs, except, as the Wall Street Journal notes, Opower has neatly done something huge tech competitors couldn't -- convince consumers to use less electricity. Was the trick a better thermostat? More real-time online information about their consumption habits? No.Although the Arlington, Va.-based company uses sophisticated technology, its advantage has been an understanding of people. Alex Laskey, president and co-founder, explained to the Journal that his experience doing political polling taught him that consumers don't want more technological applications in their lives, but would respond to accessible information that could save them money.”

    Opower beats tech giants with readable energy report for consumers

    April 7, 2014

  • After a lull, Opower's success story could pave the way for other cleantech IPOs.Stuart Bernstein, global head of Goldman Sachs' Clean Technology and Renewables Group, expects between "half a dozen to a dozen" cleantech companies to IPO this year, noting that some have already registered IPOs confidentially as Opower just did, according to the Wall Street Journal.

    Opower shares take off in IPO

    April 7, 2014

  • “Investors had an appetite for GrubHub, and they were energized byOpower. Shares of GrubHub, the operator of websites and apps for ordering takeout food online, rose 31% Friday, and Opower, an energy-efficiency company that works with utilities to lower consumers’ energy usage, rose 21%. ”

    The Daily Startup: GrubHub, Opower Show Plenty of Pop in IPOs

    April 7, 2014

  • But there's a reason for all the hype: Opower’s IPO isn’t just about, well, Opower. Everyone from Wall Street to Silicon Valley is eyeing the energy-data nexus as the next big opportunity – but identifying opportunity and building successful business models around it are different stories.Opower, the market leader in residential efficiency, is one of the success stories. But what made Opower -- unlike so many other promising startups -- so successful? And what’s next for Opower and the energy-data opportunity?”

    What made Opower so successful?

    April 4, 2014

  • “And Opower, a software company whose services help homeowners cut their energy bills, opened at $25 a share after pricing at $19. It finished up 21 percent, or $4, at $23.The warm welcome that the three received shows how much investors are continuing to embrace I.P.O.s

    GrubHub Soars in Market Debut; Other New Listings Rise, Too

    April 4, 2014

  • Opower, which uses behavioral science and software to nudge consumers into cutting their electricity use, pulled off an IPO on Friday by raising around $116 million and demonstrated a rare public market exit for green tech startups.The shares of the Virginia company rose about 4% to $23.37 per share soon after its debut on the New York Stock Exchange. Opower priced its shares at $19, the high end of the range.”

    Opower Makes Public Market Debut, Gives Hopes To Other Green Tech Startups

    April 4, 2014

  • Opower Inc., which debuted today on the public market, may align itself with young software companies now booming on Wall Street, but it’s the company’s un-Silicon-Valley-like mentality that has propelled its business.”

    How Latest IPO Darling Opower Scored Where Google, Microsoft Failed

    April 4, 2014

  • “Opower's CEO speaks to CNBC's Squawk on the Street. ”

    Opower CEO: Utility Industry Undergoing Radical Transformation

    April 4, 2014

  • “Opower CEO and Founder Dan Yates discusses the company’s IPO on Bloomberg Television's “Bloomberg West.””

    Opower Surges As Company Goes Public

    April 4, 2014

  • Shares of Opower Inc. spiked in early trading Friday in the Arlington-based energy data company's debut on the New York Stock Exchange.The IPO raised $116 million for Opower (NYSE: OPWR), which  priced 6.1 million shares at $19 on Thursday evening. The stock opened at $25 per share on Friday before settling down to close at $23, up 21 percent.

    Opower sees early gains in NYSE debut

    April 4, 2014

  • Opower is exactly why early-stage investors have become attracted to the cleanweb. The company requires no heavy infrastructure to keep growing its service -- just a strong marketing team, the ability to capture meaningful data, and a big enough vision to outpace other software competitors.Opower is a much different company than it was when it started seven years ago. And, assuming it can keep sales high and investors happy, it has the ability to attack other markets without burdensome capital requirements. However, Opower's IPO isn't just about the attraction to cleanweb. It's also about growth in a subsector of the cleanweb: intelligent efficiency.”

    Opower IPO Is a Sign That ‘Intelligent Efficiency’ Truly Matters

    April 4, 2014

  • “Opower shares soared on the energy software company’s first day of trading on the New York Stock Exchange, opening more than 30 percent above their offering price.The Arlington, Va., company, which sells consumer energy efficiency software to the utility industry, priced 6.1 million shares at $19, raising nearly $116 million. Shares opened at $25 but drifted down a bit through the morning.In an interview, Chief Executive Dan Yates said Opower is helping utilities navigate a rapidly shifting landscape, as deregulation offers consumers more options in the marketplace, renewables become more pervasive and demand grows for improved energy efficiency.”

    Opower Shares Soar in IPO

    April 4, 2014

  • “Energy efficiency company Opower (NYSE: OPWR  ) debuted on the New York Stock Exchange this morning. Priced at $19, shares began trading at $26 before falling to $22 later in the day. Despite some positive buzz, this is not a company that has generated the hype of some other recent IPOs, so we've put together a basic Opower primer.”

    Opower Hits the Street: Here's What You Need to Know

    April 4, 2014

  • “Energy software company Opower started trading on the New York Stock Exchange on Friday morning starting at $25 per share, a significant jump from the $19 per share that it priced at last night. Last month Opower set its price range at $17 to $19 per share.

    Opower IPO: A strong debut, up over 20 percent by the afternoon

    April 4, 2014

  • Opower Inc. pulled off a long-awaited initial public offering Friday, earning a more than 20 percent pop in its first day of trading on the New York Stock Exchange.Investors seemed to shrug off Opower's red ink — the company lost $14.2 million last year and $12.3 million the year before — on the promise of continued growth. And CEO Dan Yates is planning to deliver on that growth, both in new utility clients and expanding the coverage of existing ones.

    Opower CEO charts post-IPO expansion, expects more red ink

    April 4, 2014

  • “Shares of Arlington-based energy software provider Opower surged 21 percent Friday after it made its debut as a publicly traded company.The stocks finished the day at $23 after opening at $19 a share. Opower hoped to raise $115.9 million in its initial public offering. The company’s share traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol OPWR.”

    Shares of Arlington-based Opower surge 21 percent in initial public offering

    April 4, 2014

  • “Opower had a successful initial public offering today, with its shares rising more than 21% on the New York Stock Exchange. The company has partnered with utility companies to help consumers save money on their utility bills–a strategy at whichOpower succeeded despite previous failures by large companies.”

    Opower CEO Daniel Yates on the ‘Huge Rush’ of the Company’s IPO

    April 4, 2014

  • ““I wrote a check after one meeting, when it was so early they didn’t even have a name yet, let alone a bank account, so I had to leave the check blank.”These are the words early oPower investor Ali Partovi sent VentureBeat in an email yesterday, ahead of oPower’s IPO on the New York Stock Exchange today.The company is trading under the “OPWR” ticker and is offering 6.1 million shares initially priced at $19 each. The IPO is a $116 million deal.”

    For early oPower investors, ‘ecosystem’ approach finally pays off

    April 4, 2014

  • Energy efficiency company Opower is ready for its public debut this Friday. In advance of the IPO I reconnected with their SVP Product & User Experience Alex Kinnier, whom I know from our days together at Google. I couldn’t ask Alex specifically about the IPO or future plans but wanted to get some more info on a company that gets less press than your typical social app but is poised for an amazing run.

    Day Before Opower IPO, SVP Product Alex Kinnier Reflects on Journey

    April 3, 2014

  • “For decades, regulators, environmental advocates and utilities have struggled to persuade consumers to use less electricity.Now, a fast-growing company that has shown promising results by rewarding energy misers with smiley faces on their monthly statements is taking its concept to Wall Street with an initial public offering of its stock, set for Friday.The company, Opower, which helps utilities use competition among neighbors to encourage residential customers to cut their electric use, hopes to raise more than $100 million through a stock sale that could leave it with a value close to $1 billion.”

    Energy-Saving Company Set for Public Offering

    April 3, 2014

  • Opower is due to go public this week, and could raise as much as $110 million from an offering that would give it a valuation of just under a billion. Opower’s success is proof of the capital light approach to cleantech, the triumph of energy efficiency, which won’t transform the source of our energy but will set us on a slow but steady trajectory of reducing fossil fuel use.

    What Opower will need to satisfy Wall Street

    April 3, 2014

  • “When energy software company Opower starts trading on the New York Stock Exchange, most likely Friday morning, it will show how young tech entrepreneurs can tackle meaningful problems — like energy efficiency and climate change — and still achieve the Silicon Valley dream of financial success. That’s in contrast to themantra that all of the young talent and investors are flocking to a flood of startups building decidedly less world-changing products, like social chat and photo-sharing apps.”

    With Opower’s IPO, founders show meaningful tech can pay off

    April 3, 2014

  • “A lot of these entrepreneurs will realize how hard energy and cleantech is, but they’re still out there, looking to build technologies that have a meaningful impact on big world problems. Opower’s CEO Dan Yates kicked off the morning by saying he’s seen a resurgence in cleantech over the past 18 months, though he also encouraged entrepreneurs to be satisfied with creating incremental solutions to start, rather than trying to bite off the whole problem.”

    It’s easy to miss the meaningful parts of the Valley, if you ignore them

    March 12, 2014

  • ““The group of customers who use GEM most actively are already saving 3.4% more power than customers who don’t use GEM. The average reduction in consumption across all customers actively using GEM is 1.4%, compared with customers not yet using this technology. What this means is that GEM customers are already on track to save a combined total of about $2 million on their annual power bills."

    “That’s a win-win because, along with the customer savings, we are also seeing early evidence that these customers are beginning to value GEM and the service we provide and are more likely to stay with Mercury Energy as a result. This backs our approach of investing in added-value customer services.” Since the launch of GEM, the number of active users has grown to around 80,000 households, which is over a quarter of Mercury Energy’s residential customer base."

    New technology reduces household power bills

    March 11, 2014

  • In a world where on average for every unit of energy we use, we waste nine so even just thousands of people can make a difference according to another, similar minded corporation, Opower.Alex Laskey, is president and co-founder of Opower which works with 90 utility partners and services more than 22 million consumers across eight countries. Founded in 2007, it is based in Arlington, Virginia, with offices in San Francisco, London, Singapore and Tokyo. Opower calls itself  “the world’s leading provider of customer engagement solutions for the utility industry”.”

    How social pressure can drive citizens to save energy in the home

    March 1, 2014

  • “On Thursday, it released Opower 5: Flex, the latest version of its enterprise software that utilities use to generate customized energy efficiency reports, run demand response programs and communicate with their customers. It's a tool that monopoly utilities can use to transition from treating customers as ratepayers to more active consumers with the ability to do things that weren't possible a few years ago, such as switch providers, go solar for little cost and demand cleaner energy, said Yates. "Utilities are significantly increasing their ability to communicate with their customers and they're beginning to see it as strategic," he said. ”

    Opower CEO: Don't underestimate utilities in energy transition

    February 28, 2014

  • Opower has succeeded in large part because it is a helpful ally to utilities that are required to encourage efficiency. By analyzing utility metering data, the firm sends out messages to consumers through mail, email, text or the web about how they stack against their neighbors. The approach, based on simple behavioral science, has proven remarkably effective for getting consistent residential savings in the 2 percent to 4 percent range -- enough to keep the regulators happy and show that utilities are doing something innovative. But that part of the company's history is old news. As Opower has expanded to 93 utilities and crunched data on more than 32 million consumers, its cloud-based software is becoming deeply embedded into utility customer care and electronic billing operations. The result is a company that no longer just does behavioral analytics, said Yates.”

    Opower's Evolution

    February 27, 2014

  • “Opower on Thursday released new software boosts its cloud-based platform's "business intelligence, web extensibility, and message targeting," according to a press release. The Opower 5: Flex software uses Elasticsearch, a big data search engine that can sort a utility's customers based on location, income, engagement, energy usage and other categories. Along with having customized data on the back end, the utility can also customize the web portal.

    Opower’s new software ramps up consumer analytics

    February 27, 2014

  • “Alex Laskey, president and founder of Opower, says utility companies are becoming more customer-centric, instead of maintaining the former transactional relationship with their customers. ”

    Opower Laskey Sees Revolution in Energy Consumption

    February 26, 2014

  • “America could be on the cusp of a breakthrough in our generation-long quest to reduce the carbon dioxide pollution generated by fossil-fueled power plants. Bold and bipartisan leadership is being provided by President Obama, governors, mayors, corporate executives, and environmental champions across the country, many of whom have embraced ambitious—yet still flexible and transparent—climate change mitigation plans. Companies devoted to helping utilities find technology solutions to meet their reduction targets are integral partners in this effort.”

    Flexible greenhouse rules would unleash energy efficiency innovation

    February 19, 2014

  • Nancy Hersh, Opower, analytics and consumer marketing VP
    Nancy's job at Arlington, Va.-based Opower, a cloud-based software provider for utility companies, is to let consumers know how much energythey're using and what they can do to reduce it. And then she tracks theimpact the communication actually has on energy usage. The job is perfect for Nancy since she describes herself as a “major data and math geek.” She studied engineering and did some management consulting and private equity investing before veering toward pure tech in the late '90s. To witness the meaningful change that makes her proud, just check out Opower's “kilowatt hours saved” counter on its site. Best lesson: Don't regress to what is normal. Figure out where you get energy and what you're really good at.

    Power Women in Tech

    February 19, 2014

  • “Republican pollster Frank Luntz and Democratic campaign strategist Jim Messina have joinedOpower’s Advisory Board to help guide Opower’s policy and communications goals. Luntz pioneered the “instant response” focus group technique. Messina is the mastermind behind President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign.”

    Energy Executive Moves

    February 19, 2014

  • The co-founders of Opower tell us about the top 5 trends they’re watching when it comes to utilities.

    Last year brought about a number of interesting developments in the energy industry. Based on what we saw through the lens of our company’s 90+ partnerships with utilities across eight countries, here are five key trends we’ll be watching closely in 2014.

    5 utility industry trends to watch this year

    February 16, 2014

  • Opower has introduced the next generation of its thermostat platform featuring support for Honeywell’s Comfort Control API, which extends the platform to additional Honeywell WiFi thermostats. Additionally, another new feature, Set for Savings, incorporates recommendations based on actual energy and billing data to improve the consumption efficiency for thermostats connected to the Opower platform.  

    Direct Energy is the first retail energy provider to deploy the solution as part of the company’s new smart thermostat initiative available to all residential customers in Texas.

    Opower Releases New Generation of Smart Thermostats

    February 16, 2014

  • “Sunday's Super Bowl was over practically before it even began. The first snap to Denver Bronco's quarterback Peyton Manning was botched in the first 12 seconds (the fastest any team has ever scored in the history of 48 Super Bowls), resulting in a safety for the Seahawks and setting the tone for the rest of the game. The game ultimately ended in a near blowout -- the score a disappointing 43 to 8 (spoiler Alert: the Seahawks won, if you didn't already know).

    This year's question is, how do Denver and Seattle rate on energy efficiency?In an infographic from Opower, the Seahawks and Broncos go head-to-head in the Efficiency Bowl. This is how they stack up.

    Lights out for Denver Broncos

    February 3, 2014

  • “Denver also loses when it comes to energy savings during the Super Bowl itself. Virginia-based Opower ranked how much energy would be saved in households in both cities during the game. The theory goes that if everyone is watching football on one television, they are not running other household appliances, lights, or even heat in other parts of the home. ”

    Seattle beats Denver...in housing and energy

    January 31, 2014

  • “With the new platform, WiFi thermostats will be better able to measure energy efficiency and the users can then use the recommendations to lower costs and energy consumption.“As connected thermostats increase in popularity, there is a significant opportunity to integrate proactive advice based on energy and billing data into the customer experience,” SVP or product Alex Kinnier said in the release. “Set for Savings is our latest feature to not only help customers become more efficient, but to make their overall experience significantly more enjoyable.”

    Arlington's Opower Announces New WiFi Thermostat Partnership

    January 31, 2014

  • “Opower Inc. has hired Neel Gulhar, who formerly led programs at one of the startup’s main clients, utility Baltimore Gas & Electric, VentureWire has learned. The addition is part of an effort to beef up the ranks of senior managers and to add utility-industry expertise. Arlington, Va.-based Opower, which runs energy-efficiency programs based on its software for utility clients, has been increasing its staff rapidly over the past year, growing to about 480 people from 300 a year ago. Mr. Gulhar joins Opower as director of strategy and product management.”

    The Daily Startup

    January 30, 2014

  • “Sound easy? No, but Opower is tackling this challenge head-on. Historically, only about 5% of these businesses participate in utility efficiency programs, even though they spend nearly $60 billion a year on energy consumption—about five times more than residential customers, says Opower.“We wanted to reach businesses proactively,” says Foster. “We’re using the same tools as we’re using for residential customers, but making some modifications to make it more effective for small-and medium-sized businesses.””

    How Opower Sells Energy Efficiency to Small and Medium-Sized Businesses

    January 30, 2014

  • “The Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks will square off this weekend to determine which team will be the next world champion. As you're chomping on those buffalo wings or veggies and ranch dip during the game, you might ask yourself, 'I wonder how Denver and Seattle stack up on energy efficiency?' OK, probably not. But just in case you're wondering, OPower has crunched some numbers to determine which city wins the energy efficiency battle. Their take? Seattle is the winner. Check out the infographic below for all the stats.”

    Denver vs Seattle: which city wins the energy efficiency super bowl?

    January 30, 2014

  • For two major American cities 1,000 miles apart, Denver and Seattle share a lot in common (stunning natural beauty, liberal politics, thriving bike cultures, craft beer, insufferable foodies, pot, etc.) And although Denver boasts a slightly higher per capita square footage of certified green buildings (number four in the nation versus Seattle's number five), the Emerald City is, as its name would suggest, just a bit greener when it comes to clean energy and citywide efficiency.
     
    Head on over to Opower's Outlier blog to learn more about how Seattle managed to beat its just-as-progressive Rocky Mountain cousin in the Efficiency Bowl.

    Seattle vs. Denver: Which city rules in the realm of energy efficiency?

    January 30, 2014

  • “For retailers like Direct Energy, the offering is more about giving customers control and convenience, as well as the chance to save money through Opower’s targeted messaging. Although the platform can be used for specific peak events, it is meant to help shave energy use on more than just the hottest days of the year. Even if utilities control 30 percent of residential thermostats, “That’s still 70 percent of homes [that are] not touched at all,” said Kevin Hamilton, senior director of devices and real-time services at Opower.”

    Technology Choice Is Finally Coming to Residential Demand Response

    January 30, 2014

  • As for which of this year's Super Bowl teams is the greenest, Groh declined to make an assessment. Regardless of who plays, he said, "it doesn't change what the overall impact of the Super Bowl is on the local community."

    But in their own communities, the green programs of the Broncos and Seahawks do have an impact, according to Opower, an Arlington, Va.-based energy software company that has compiled a scorecard comparing the teams' energy conservation efforts. ”

    Seahawks, Broncos gear up for super 'green' bowl

    January 30, 2014

  • “The product includes a mobile app to control the thermostat, which also gives customer-specific recommendations for savings. This utilizes Opower's "Set for Savings" software feature, which incorporates recommendations based on actual energy and billing data to improve the energy saving potential of thermostats connected to the Opower platform. Opower said that Direct Energy is the first competitive retail energy provider to deploy the solution "at scale."”

    Texas Retail Provider to Offer Smart Thermostat Solution

    January 29, 2014

  • Opower announced the release of the next version of the Opower Thermostat Platform. The new version adds support for Honeywell’s Comfort Control API extending the platform to additional Honeywell WiFi thermostats, as well as a key new feature, Set for Savings, which incorporates recommendations based on actual energy and billing data to improve the energy saving potential of thermostats connected to the Opower platform. Opower also noted that Direct Energy is the first competitive retail energy provider to deploy the solution at scale as part of their new smart thermostat initiative available to all residential customers in Texas.

    Couldn’t make it this time? Read our dispatches from DistribuTECH

    January 29, 2014

  • “Utility cloud-based software provider Opower has announced the expansion of its small and medium business (SMB) solution to deliver energy efficiency savings for three new utility clients, including National Grid. Opower’s expanded SMB solution builds on its experience delivering analysis and recommendations to nearly one million SMB utility customers through its energy-insights web platform, as well as its energy efficiency programs with more than 20 million residential customers at 90 utilities worldwide.”

    My, what a busy time of year for smart grid

    January 24, 2014

  • “SMBs are an important part of a utility's customers base, using on average five times more electricity than residential customers. However, they are a hard group to reach, with utility efficiency program participation rates often less than 5%, according to Opower.”

    Opower expands behavioral efficiency for small, medium businesses

    January 24, 2014

  • “Opower combines a cloud-based platform, big data and behavioral science to help utilities around the world reduce energy consumption and improve their relationship with customers. Opower is transforming the way that utilities interact with their customers, through proven and new solutions, such as Behavioral Demand Response. Opower serves 90 utilities in eight countries, including 8 of the 10 largest U.S. utilities.”

    Meet the first 10 companies for Smart Grid Companies to Watch in 2014

    January 21, 2014

  • “This simple idea has fuelled Opower, Laskey’s company, which researches utility use around the world and tries to understand what makes individuals engage with energy efficient behaviours. Part of their research has revealed certain aspects about energy consumer’s behaviours which hold true across cultures. One of these is that everyone wants to know how they measure up to others in terms of energy use. ”

    How to Make People Want to Save Energy Read more at http://livinggreenmag.com/2014/01/21/people-solutions/make-people-want-save-energy/#JXauqgkBtOTsKMdd.99

    January 21, 2014

  • “Opower BDR leverages smart meter data to deliver personalized insights to each customer through their communication channel of choice, and motivates them to reduce usage during times of peak power demand, such as hot days when air conditioner use is high.”

    How Opower helps Baltimore residents get smarter about energy

    January 20, 2014

  • “After selling Edusoft, the educational software company he founded, to publishing giant Houghton Mifflin in 2004, Dan Yates went on a yearlong road trip from Alaska to Argentina. The trip inspired him to think about energy conservation, and he decided to dedicate his next venture to preserving what's left of the planet. In 2007, with his longtime friend Alex Laskey, he founded Opower, which combines behavioral science, data analytics and customizable software that helps utilities help their customers save energy.”

    Opower CEO Dan Yates, on saving power for the people

    January 17, 2014

  • “While there have been many residential dynamic pricing programs over the years, few have been large deployments like Baltimore Gas & Electric's (BGE) 315,000 customer pilot. But far fewer are based on behavioral demand response.This week, Utility Dive is taking a look at how BGE and behavioral efficiency startup Opower are bringing dynamic pricing to the utility's service territory.”

    How Opower and BGE are pioneering behavioral demand response

    January 15, 2014

  • “Sometimes energy makes headlines, sometimes it doesn’t. But it almost always has important implications for the global economy, the environment and our day-to-day lives.Here are 10 statistics that capture some of the most noteworthy energy trends from 2013, and that will shape the energy world in 2014 and beyond.

    10 Energy Statistics That Will Shape The Year Ahead

    January 15, 2014

  • Opower is a software company focused on energy efficiency. Opower works with utilities to monitor how much energy a consumer uses and gives households and businesses incentives to lower their consumption. The idea is that through the use of behavioral science techniques such as peer proof, people will feel compelled to consume energy more responsibly. Dan started Opower in 2007 with his Harvard classmate Alex Laskey. Prior, Dan launched Edusoft, a software company focused on public school assessments, which was sold to Houghton Mifflin in 2004.”

    From Scratch Radio, Dan Yates, Opower

    January 10, 2014

  • “Unlike other new residential demand response programs, Smart Energy Rewards does not hinge on customers possessing any particular devices, such as two-way digital thermostats. Instead, BGE expanded its partnership with Opower, Accenture and Oracle to build the program. Accenture provided consulting support, Oracle provides backend support, and Opower uses its behavioral science expertise to engage customers and provide tips for reducing energy.”

    All Carrot, No Stick: How BGE Plans to Enroll 1 Million Customers for Demand Response

    January 10, 2014

  • “Turning off lights, lowering the thermostat or air conditioning, and replacing lightbulbs and older home appliances with newer, high-efficiency models are all common ways residential energy consumers cut consumption, lower their utility bills, and reduce greenhouse gases. Thanks to Opower, an Arlington, Virginia–based software and services provider, some 88 million people in 22 million homes in eight countries in the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Australia have something else: monthly or bimonthly home energy consumption reports that detail not just how much energy they use but also how their energy use compares to that of their neighbors.”

    Power to the People

    January 1, 2014

Opower customers have