Across the country, Behavioral Demand Response (BDR) — which uses high-resolution AMI data, rapid-fire analytics, behavioral science, and personalized communications to drive measurable peak reduction without a price signal or device in the home — helped utilities engage their customers to save energy and money during peak events this summer.
It’s a proven fact that Home Energy Reports save energy. Hundreds of randomized controlled trials and 48 independent evaluations have shown that when you give people the tools to understand their energy use, and the personalized advice they need to use less, they’ll change their behavior and cut wasteful energy consumption.
Loveland Water and Power (LWP) is a leading municipal utility in Colorado with a long tradition of excellence. Since its establishment in 1925, the city has continually innovated to provide long-term satisfaction and reliable service to its now 34,000 customers. Thanks to its dedicated efforts, LWP was recognized nationally in 2013 as a platinum-level “Reliable Public Power Provider.”
The report, entitled "The State Clean Energy Cookbook," analyzes 12 pioneering clean energy policies implemented to date, and offers specific recommendations on how each approach can be scaled up across the nation. The recommendations are based on past state successes and are intended to serve as a blueprint for policymakers and stakeholders.
The report from Rocky Mountain Institute -- Rate Design for the Distribution Edge: Electricity Pricing for a Distributed Resource Future -- explores how utilities can increase rate sophistication and, in turn, address a number of their pressing business challenges. Traditionally, utility energy bills have not adequately reflected variables like time of day, peak demand
So should dual-fuel utilities and third-party efficiency program administrators. ACEEE makes a strong case in its report. Here are four reasons why all parties stand to benefit when utilities weave electric and gas efficiency into the same strategic and operational plan.
It’s no great secret that social media can be a pain point for utilities. On a bad day, posts about high bills, surprise outages, or billing errors can swamp a company’s Facebook page or Twitter feed.
Today we once again crack open Opower’s energy data storehouse (the world’s largest, spanning more than 50 million households worldwide) — this time to examine the energy usage behavior of an increasingly important segment of utility customers: electric car owners who charge their car in the wee hours of the night.