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New report: 5 smart meter applications can help utilities unlock billions of dollars in value

  • By Casey Davis-Van Atta
  • October 1, 2014

At the ACEEE’s biannual conference last month, analysts from the Electric Power Research Institute presented a new study on the future of advanced metering — summarizing our present, divining what’s next, and exploring the value that AMI can unlock for utilities and consumers alike.


The short answer: advanced metering infrastructure can unlock a lot of value. A previous EPRI study found that AMI can net utilities billions in cost savings, at a benefit-to-cost ratio of up to $6 to 1.

The first step to claiming that opportunity is understanding exactly what high-resolution energy data can do. In their latest paper, researchers at EPRI identified 5 smart meter applications that have already begun to revolutionize the way leading utilities do business — and how their customers think about energy use.

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How utility customers are getting richer, smarter, and happier over time — in 3 charts

  • By Jeremy Wickman and Casey Davis-Van Atta
  • September 30, 2014

Last month, we cracked open Opower’s data warehouse to show how behavioral energy efficiency programs can get even stronger over time. We spotlighted Puget Sound Energy in particular, noting that their Home Energy Report recipients nearly doubled their annual energy savings over a period of five years.

PSE 5-Year Savings Trajectory

Today, we ask: does the same trend hold for customer engagement? Do participants in a behavioral efficiency program keep engaging with their Home Energy Reports two, three, four years after they started receiving them?

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On the cusp of a solution: 3 key questions after the UN Climate Summit

  • By Aaron Tinjum
  • September 29, 2014

Last week, world leaders convened at the United Nations Climate Summit in New York to address climate change for the first time since 2009.

The jam-packed gathering featured a number of stirring speeches and discussions from a who’s who of statesmen and celebrities, including UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, President Obama, former Vice President Al Gore, actor Leonardo DiCaprio, and many others.

The leaders elaborated the need for global cooperation, highlighted success stories to date, and effectively articulated the costs of inaction. But following the whirlwind summit, many questions remain about how stakeholders will work together to tackle climate change head on. Here are three lingering questions that stand out.

World leaders gather in New York for the UN’s first climate meeting since 2009. (Source: UN Climate Summit)

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