Opower Software Helps Utilities Save Enough Energy to Power a City of 200,000

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Opower’s Utility Programs Have Saved Customers 1 Terawatt Hour of Energy

Opower, the global leader in energy information software for the utility industry, announced today that it has saved residential energy customers one terawatt hour (TWh) of energy nationwide. Saving 1 TWh is equivalent to taking all the homes in a city the size of 200,000 people “off the grid” for a full year. Partnering with over 70 utilities in 25 states and four countries, Opower’s platform lets residential customers know how their energy usage compares to similar homes and offers personalized tips on how to save energy.

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, Massachusetts Lt. Governor Tim Murray, Department of Energy Resources Commissioner Mark Sylvia, National Grid Massachusetts President Marcy Reed and Opower President Alex Laskey marked the achievement by highlighting energy efficiency programs and policies that led to energy savings. In the Boston suburb of Malden, MA, National Grid customers Haile and Jane Mengesha hosted state officials, National Grid, and Opower in their home to discuss how energy efficiency programs have helped families reduce energy waste and save money. Opower projects that it will save another TWh of energy by the end of 2012.

“We have developed a nation-leading clean energy agenda because it is the right thing to do for our environment, our energy independence and our public health,” said Governor Patrick, heralding the milestone. “I thank Opower and National Grid for their partnership in making Massachusetts a better place for the next generation.”

“Leading utilities want their customers to be able to control their energy use. We’ve been fortunate to work with clients who have helped us implement effective programs that have saved enough energy to power every home in a city of 200,000 people for a year,” said Alex Laskey, president and co-founder of Opower. “We look forward to partnering with our clients to give homeowners more tools to control their energy consumption in the months ahead.”

"National Grid couldn’t be happier to have had the opportunity to visit a customer’s home today and recognize their efforts to reduce energy," said Marcy Reed, president, National Grid, MA. "It's the combination of aggressive energy efficiency legislation by the Patrick Administration and the energy-efficiency tools of Opower that allow us to deliver innovative efficiency programs that empower our customers to maximize energy savings while protecting the environment."

Opower works with utilities to help people use energy more efficiently by providing information and insight into their energy use. One TWh of energy is equivalent to:

  •     Enough energy to power every home in a city the size of 200,000 people
  •     More than half the energy generated by all U.S. solar power plants in 2011
  •     And by saving 1 TWh, American families have saved $120 million on their energy bills

Opower works with over 70 utilities in four countries – including the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD), Commonwealth Edison Company (ComEd), Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and National Grid – to achieve these savings.

“SMUD is proud to be the first utility in the nation to utilize the Opower application,” said Elisabeth Brinton, chief customer officer for SMUD. “SMUD values communication and information-based energy efficiency tools that enable our customers to make personal decisions about their energy use. Opower helps raise our customers’ awareness of their energy use, allowing them to see and compare to other customers. Cutting energy use benefits all our customer-owners individually, and communally by reducing overall demand on our grid, especially during peak demand times.”

“ComEd is committed to providing our customers opportunities to lower their energy costs and save money through our robust portfolio of energy efficiency programs,” said Val Jensen, senior vice president, Customer Operations with ComEd. “Our energy efficiency programs rank among the nation’s best in terms of size and scope in the utility industry and we’re proud to have Opower as a partner in our efforts to deliver services our customers can depend upon.”

"Helping customers understand their energy use and how they can conserve is a critical part of unlocking the energy efficiency opportunities in our state," said Steve Malnight, vice president of Customer Energy Solutions with Pacific Gas and Electric Company. "Through our partnership with Opower, we are helping our customers become more efficient and save money while at the same time helping achieve California's goals of a cleaner, more sustainable energy system."

About Opower

Opower is the leader in energy information software, providing the utility industry’s only cross-channel platform proven to drive energy efficiency gains on a large scale. Using cutting-edge behavioral science and patent-pending analytics, the Opower platform enables utilities to provide targeted energy data and advice to each customer. Sixty-five utilities—including 8 of the 10 largest in the U.S. — partner with Opower to improve the effectiveness of their energy-efficiency portfolios and motivate their customers to become more energy efficient, while dramatically increasing the level of customer engagement and overall customer satisfaction. For utilities with Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI), the Opower platform represents a cost-effective way to convert hourly data into measurable energy savings, delivering a clear return on investment directly to customers. Founded in 2007 and privately held, Opower is headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, with additional offices in San Francisco, California, and London, England. For more information, please visit http://www.opower.com.

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