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  • “Opower, a US-based energy software company, has found an effective way of lowering its business travel costs without having a similar effect on the spirits of its globe-trotting employees.As part of a pilot scheme, every time a participating worker takes a trip for the company they are given a budget to beat. Of whatever they save, they keep 40 per cent in points. Opower keeps track of who is saving the most and least and publishes a weekly league table, which is shared by email among its 600 staff.

    Everyone’s a winner in the game to cut business travel costs

    April 30, 2015

  • “Opower is allied with the old incumbents, yet Yates and Laskey compare their company to upstarts in other industries such as Zipcar, which can help people forgo car-ownership, and Airbnb, which may ultimately mean that fewer hotels are built. “Instead of producing new power plants and new electricity,” says Laskey, “we are helping utilities use their own customers as an asset and changing the way electricity is used and when.””

    “The Risk of Inaction”

    April 29, 2015

  • “Over the past year, in the wake of an IPO, Opower has continued to book business beyond its core offering of home energy reports in the residential sector. The Washington, D.C.-based company now boasts a partnership with FirstFuel that allows it compete for utility business across all customer classes. In a Q1 earnings call, CEO Dan Yates said Opower expects to be profitable in 2017.”

    Grid Edge 20: The Top Companies Disrupting the US Electric Market

    April 23, 2015

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  • “Utilities are finally getting into the game, already figured out by Amazon and Netflix, of analyzing who you are and sending personalized communications that suit you.Illinois-based Commonwealth Edison is taking this kind of customized marketing to a new height with a segmentation tool now offered by Opower.With this program, you are no longer a generic electricity consumer who will receive a generic message about the value of saving energy.  Instead, you’re someone who lives in a 10-year-old house, heated by natural gas. You bought a refrigerator last year, and you have a pool. And while you’re a bit skeptical, you’re willing to pursue energy efficiency, if its virtues are presented to you in a certain way. The utility’s job is to figure out the way.”

    Saving Energy: I’ll Do it My Way

    April 14, 2015

  • “Sacramento Municipal Utility District has selected Opower for a multi-year partnership to deliver personalized communications across residential, commercial, and industrial customers. SMUD will replace a set of existing systems with the Opower platform in an effort to drive energy efficiency savings and to improve customer experience.”

    SMUD Selects Customer Engagement Platform to Replace Existing Systems

    April 10, 2015

  • “Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) has found a way to avoid one of its major pain points for approximately 1.5 million of its 3.8 million customers. By leveraging Opower's platform to connect with customers using their preferred channel -- Internet, interactive voice response (IVR), or paper – ComEd, one of the first utilities to utilize Opower's segmentation and targeting tools, is ensuring higher levels of engagement.”

    ComEd: Putting control in customers' hands

    March 30, 2015

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