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  • “On the first Earth Day in 1970, environmental sentiment was brightly painted, proudly worn, and full of fierce optimism. Ask people about the planet now, and you’re likely to hear that our political will has faded, even though our problems are worse. We’re facing a climate crisis that’s global and accelerating. Grand political solutions are far from view. The problem itself – carbon pollution from fossil fuels – isn’t something we can “see” in a traditional sense. It’s also irreversible, and a failure to act could tank the biosphere in ways we can’t even imagine.And yet, today, I’m hopeful.”

    Four reasons to be hopeful this Earth Day

    April 22, 2014

  • “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

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  • “Starting this week, Connecticut Light & Power customers will be automatically enrolled in a free service that helps track energy usage, the utility announced.Using Home Energy Reports, a customer can view a report that compares his energy use to an anonymous sample of 100 similar homes. It also includes tips on how to reduce energy consumption.

    CL&P has ran the program as a pilot for 34,000 customers from 2011 to 2013. The program, which customers can choose to opt out of at any time, is now accessible to more than 340,000 customers, CL&P said.”

    CL&P energy-tracking program pilot goes statewide

    April 22, 2014

  • Beginning this week, more than 340,000 Connecticut Light & Power (CL&P) customers will be automatically enrolled in a new, free energy-saving service called Home Energy Reports, an Energize Connecticut initiative.

    The report is designed to help customers assess and track their energy use. It shows customers how their home’s energy use compares to an anonymous group of 100 similarly-sized and equipped homes in their area. The report also includes customized tips for no-cost, low-cost and long-term investment options to reduce energy use. Additionally, customers can go online and set energy reduction goals, as well as learn more in-depth information about how their home consumes energy.

    CL&P launches Home Energy Reports program

    April 21, 2014

  • Starting Monday, April 21, more than 340,000 Connecticut Light & Power customers statewide will be automatically enrolled in Home Energy Reports, a free energy-saving service.The program expands from a trial run with 34,000 customers from 2011 to 2013.CL&P chose the 340,000 customers at random in each of the 149 cities and towns it serves. Each will receive an individualized pamphlet comparing the customer’s monthly energy usage to the average range of energy usage by 100 similarly-sized and equipped homes in a two-mile radius from the customer’s home.

    CL&P to offer advice on cutting back on energy use

    April 19, 2014

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