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  • “When Alex Laskey launched Opower eight years ago, there was just one chief customer officer in the entire U.S. utility industry -- and that person initially refused to meet with the startup. Opower has since become one of the biggest customer engagement platforms in the power sector. American utilities have also made some changes. At Opower’s annual summit in Miami, Florida earlier this year, there were 26 chief customer officers in attendance. And there are far more throughout the utility industry these days. “It’s an indication of our growth, but also of the industry’s transformation,” said Laskey in a recent interview.”

    A culture shift gains momentum in the century-old utility industry

    July 30, 2015

  • Let’s be honest. Would you be more apt to conserve energy—say, turn down the air conditioner or switch to LEDs—if you were told: 1.) you’ll save money 2.) you’ll help the environment or 3.) your neighbors do it? If you’re like almost everyone, “neighbors” is the true answer. Whatever our age, race, gender or country, behavioral science has proven the power of peer pressure in many spheres, including energy.

    How keeping up with the Joneses could save you money

    July 17, 2015

  • “The D.C. area has a deep well of technical talent, in large part because of how many people with IT skills are employed or contracted by government agencies. Tech companies in the private sector are eager to snap up those workers to fill open jobs. A combination of technical ability and connections with government agencies—along with relative stability compared to a startup-hopping Silicon Valley programmer—makes tech firms keen to hire such workers whenever they can.”

    Why DC tech companies are poaching federal talent

    July 13, 2015

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  • “With a high of 27 degrees Celsius, last Friday was a hot one in Ottawa and also the kind of day where utilities struggle to meet demand. So Hydro Ottawa declared it a summer saving day - one of several planned for the season. Sent messages the day before to customers to ask them to save energy during the peak demand period of noon to 5pm. Afterward, it sent them a notice telling them how they ranked in a pool of 100 of their neighbors. Heidi Pfeiffer discovered her house ranked 4th in efficiency...”

    Hydro Ottawa declares summer saving day

    July 15, 2015

  • “Tens of thousands of Glendale Water & Power customers will get a heads up once again this summer when a peak energy day is approaching so they can try to conserve electricity. The utility recently announced it would be restarting Opower, which is a software that electronically sends personalized insights to customers before and after peak days to help motivate them to unplug any unused appliances. Opower refers to its technology as behavioral-demand response.”

    GWP to restart notification system to encourage energy conservation

    July 9, 2015

  • “National Grid and Opower, the global leader in cloud-based software for the utility industry, today announced that Opower’s Energy Efficiency program has saved utility customers in Massachusetts over $70 million on their energy bills.Working with Opower, National Grid has helped customers reduce their electric usage by 300 million kWh and gas usage by 18 million therms – the equivalent of eliminating more than 300,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide from the environment.”

    National Grid & Opower help customers save over $70 Million on energy bills

    July 6, 2015

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