Opower paid a visit to our neighbors up north last week for the Western Energy Institute’s Spring Energy Symposium. More than 240 energy professionals from the western US and Canada met in Vancouver, BC to discuss the future of the utility industry. Some key themes throughout the conference: energy savings program deployment, utility customer engagement, and what’s next for energy efficiency.
With over 20 clients in the western US, Opower had the opportunity to connect with many of our friends and utility partners at the conference. We were excited to see some of our clients stepping up to the podium to promote energy efficiency in the region.
Featured on the Energy Efficiency Best Practices panel was Jeff Tripp, the Residential Energy Management Manager at Puget Sound Energy, one of Opower’s first west coast clients. He recounted his initial decision to partner with Opower in 2007, when behavioral programs in the Pacific Northwest were still few and far between. Since then, many other utilities have followed suit.
It turns out that Tripp’s “calculated bet” paid off: Puget Sound’s partnership with Opower continues to be cost effective as it approaches its fourth year. Tripp ended his presentation by noting that every report the utility sends to home energy consumers helps save energy and that the Opower program has allowed Puget Sound Energy to claim the savings they were looking for.
Also joining this dialogue were other Opower clients from the region including PG&E, Sacramento Gas & Electric, Clark Public Utilities and Seattle City Light.
We look forward to continuing to build relationships with new and existing partners in the western states, many of which are already leading the way in energy efficiency.