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This Opower leader just joined forces with America’s foremost energy efficiency experts

  • By Katie Theiss
  • August 29, 2014

We’re proud to announce that Michael Sachse, Opower’s SVP of Regulatory Affairs, Business Development, and General Counsel, has joined the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy’s Board of Directors.

Sachse in Australia

Opower’s Michael Sachse addresses an audience at a 2013 summit on energy efficiency in Australia.

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

  • By Barry Fischer
  • August 28, 2014


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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3 reasons why utilities should supercharge their efficiency portfolios with smart thermostats

  • By Aaron Tinjum
  • August 26, 2014

Coast to coast, U.S. states are adopting ambitious Energy Efficiency Resource Standards that require utilities to deliver verified energy efficiency. With some standards ratcheting up as much as 2 percent annually, how can utilities keep up?

With the help of smart thermostats. Heating and cooling account for as much as 50 percent of residential energy usage, and air conditioning is a driving force behind peak demand. Thus, thermostats are in a unique position to help utilities and their customers save energy.

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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 and utility customer experience.