Posts for category "Our Thinking"

The history of utility enterprise software, explained in 3 minutes

  • By Casey Davis-Van Atta
  • April 16, 2015


“Software is eating the world,” Marc Andreessen famously quipped in the Wall Street Journal. The celebrated venture capitalist and founder of Netscape was, in 2011, making reference to companies like Amazon, Netflix, Spotify, Google, and Skype, which were taking traditional, brick-and-mortar industries — retail, video, music, advertising, and telecoms, respectively — and transforming them into software industries.

One industry was conspicuously absent in Andreessen’s essay: ours.

Read More

The EPA’s Clean Power Plan is almost final. We asked a former administrator 7 questions about what comes next.

  • By Casey Davis-Van Atta
  • April 14, 2015


This summer, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will roll out the final version of its Clean Power Plan, and America’s first-ever carbon standards for existing power plants will begin kicking into effect.

With such an important rule on the horizon, we decided to check in with Carol Browner — administrator of the EPA under President Clinton, former energy and climate advisor to President Obama, and current member of Opower’s advisory board — to learn what’s changed since the Clean Power Plan was first proposed and what utilities can expect later this year. What followed was a wide-ranging conversation about the intersection of energy, technology, and public policy.

Read More

VIDEO: by improving the customer experience, these natural gas utilities have helped households save $65M on their bills

  • By Jon So
  • April 9, 2015

In partnership with Opower, more than 30 utilities worldwide have deployed technology that enhances the customer experience with personalized natural gas usage analysis, insights, and savings advice.

The result hasn’t just been more informed, more loyal gas customers. It’s also helped save them over $65 million on their seasonal utility bills to date — with 2014 representing the highest annual impact yet.

Annual gas savings

Over the last six winters, Opower’s utility partners have deployed behavioral efficiency programs that have generated over $65 million in natural gas customer bill savings.

Read More
Older Posts

About Our Thinking

Our Thinking is just that: it’s the place to find out what’s going on right now in the Opower universe. We discuss current perspectives, opinions, ideas, achievements, and events in the burgeoning fields of energy information, data analytics, and utility customer engagement.