San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) May 22, 2012
Opower, the leader in energy information software for the utility industry, hosted a special event today with San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee. Mayor Lee was on hand to join Opower’s President and Co-Founder Alex Laskey and Steve Malnight, PG&E’s Vice President of Customer Energy Solutions, to celebrate the official opening of Opower’s new San Francisco office. The event included a ribbon cutting ceremony, reception and walking tour of the company’s new state-of-the-art office space.
"I'm excited to be here today to celebrate the opening of Opower's San Francisco office," said San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee. "Opower is an example of an innovative clean tech company, which is creating new green jobs for our residents. San Francisco is the ‘Innovation Capital of the World,’ and best exemplifies the intersection of clean tech, social media and sustainability."
"We’re thrilled to welcome another forward-thinking company creating clean tech jobs in San Francisco and are proud to have them as a customer,” said Steve Malnight, Vice President of Customer Energy Solutions with Pacific Gas and Electric Company. "We work with Opower every day to help our customers become more energy efficient, to help them save money, all while helping achieve California's goals of a cleaner, more sustainable energy system."
“Opower is delighted to be joined by San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and PG&E’s Steve Malnight to commemorate the opening of our new office space in San Francisco,” said Alex Laskey, President and Co-founder of Opower. “We are delighted to join the ranks of other clean tech companies that have come to this city in pursuit of its world-class talent and political leadership– and our California-based team continues to grow and flourish. We are also very proud of our record of success working with PG&E and other leading utility companies to help Californians take control of their energy usage and become more efficient in the process. Together, we are delivering meaningful savings for the people of San Francisco and all across the State – helping to reduce wasted energy in their homes, lowering their carbon footprint – and saving them money in the process.”
Over the past year, Opower has expanded their business domestically and internationally; they now partner with more than 70 utilities in 25 states and in four countries. In California, Opower partners with a number of utilities throughout the state, including Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), City of Palo Alto Utilities and Sacramento Municipal Utilities District (SMUD); a full list can be found online here. The company has doubled its team to more than 250 employees – 55 of whom are based in the company’s rapidly growing San Francisco office.
The company has also announced two major partnerships that will help enhance and expand the company’s scale and services in new and existing markets. Last month, the company officially launched the Opower social energy application, a new joint effort with Facebook and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) to use the power of social networking to raise consumer awareness about energy consumption. Opower is also working with global control technology giant Honeywell to launch a Web and smart phone connected programmable thermostat to help households better control their energy usage and save money.
Since its founding in 2007, Opower has driven more than one terawatt hour of energy savings – more than enough energy to take a city of 200,000 residents “off-the-grid” for a year. The company has cumulatively saved consumers in the U.S. more than $100 million on their energy bills, and helped to abate roughly 1.5 billion pounds of carbon dioxide emissions.
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.