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STAT OF THE WEEK: Los Angeles shatters its record for peak electric demand, twice

Stat of the Week

In the face of sizzling temperatures this week, the City of Angels saw its demand for electricity shoot up toward the heavens.

First, on Tuesday, near-100 degree temperatures meant a big spike in air-conditioning that catapulted LA’s total power draw to 6,196 megawatts — surpassing a previous all-time record of 6,177 megawatts set in September 2010. This level is around double the amount of electric demand experienced during a typical day in LA.

Wednesday took things a step further: in the midst of triple digit temperatures in downtown LA (high of 104°F), the LA Department of Water and Power reported peak power levels of 6,396 megawatts.

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Are solar panels and energy efficiency 2 sides of the same roof? A new research report says yes.


A new research report from sunny San Diego uncovers some interesting connections between two major forces in the residential energy space: rooftop solar and energy efficiency.

The report, “Energy Efficiency Motivations and Actions of California Solar Homeowners,” presents survey findings from 2,300 San Diego homeowners who had installed a rooftop solar system prior to June 2012, specifically looking at these households’ perspectives on energy efficiency.

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Illinois’ largest electric utility is using data and technology to put their customers first. Here’s how.

Since 2009, ComEd has partnered with Opower to bring valuable data insights and energy management tools to millions of residential utility customers across Chicago and northern Illinois.

And the electric company continues to make significant investments in technology, analytics, and operations to offer their customers a high-quality experience around the clock and throughout the year.

To learn more about how ComEd is putting their customers at the core of the company’s business strategy, we recently caught up with Jana Jones — a Senior Program Manager at ComEd who develops strategies for the utility’s customer engagement and residential energy efficiency programs. In partnership with Opower, Jana manages ComEd’s Home Energy Reports program, reaching 1.5 million homes in the utility’s territory.

Here’s what Jana had to say about how ComEd is using technology, behavioral science, and other strategies to remain a customer engagement leader in the utility industry.

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