Posts by Jordan Jakubovitz

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3 game-changing trends that defined the electricity industry’s annual convention this week in Las Vegas

This week, the Opower team was excited to be on the ground in Las Vegas at the Edison Electric Institute’s (EEI) Annual Convention — where the movers and shakers of the electric power sector showed up in force to discuss the hot issues, challenges, and opportunities facing their industry.

Speakers included Warren Buffett, former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, and leading executives and analysts from across the utility world.

The Opower team connected with leaders from across the utility industry at the EEI Annual Convention, held this week in Las Vegas

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5 things utilities can learn from the launch of healthcare.gov

Much attention recently has been given to the launch of America’s new national health insurance web portal — healthcare.gov. In light of its implementation challenges, many commentators have framed the situation as an opportunity to discuss best practices for large-scale digital efforts to engage the public.

Opower knows a thing or two about large-scale digital engagement: our energy insights portal now reaches more than 20 million utility customers worldwide, and last week we announced that we’ll soon be reaching north of 40 million customers.

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Report: smart meters in US now generating more than 1 billion data points per day

Another day, another billion data points.

Such is life for the nation’s 46 million smart meters — up from 36 million in May 2012  – according to a new report released this month by the Edison Foundation, which tracks the adoption of innovative and efficient technologies among electric utilities.

Smart meters, which enable real-time communication of energy usage data between customers and their utility companies, generate electric usage readings at least every hour and in many cases every 15 minutes. The vast majority of these meters are installed at the residential level.

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