Posts for category "Outlier"

These 3 heat maps reveal the phenomenal data stream at the heart of the smart grid

  • By Casey Davis-Van Atta
  • September 4, 2014

We write often about the tidal wave of smart meter data that’s sweeping across the globe — how big it is, who’s benefitting from it, and all the good it can do for utilities and their customers.

What we don’t often cover is the sheer technical challenge of transforming hundreds of billions of smart meter reads into valuable insights. It’s a topic we intend to explore in the months ahead, beginning today with a deep dive into a platform tool that Opower developed to process and analyze AMI data when it arrives at one of our data centers.

Let’s start by looking at a highly populated region in the American Midwest. Smart meter installations here have grown at a furious pace — increasing five-fold in little more a year.

midwest smart meter growth

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This is what Tesla owners are doing while you sleep

  • By Barry Fischer and Ben Harack
  • July 2, 2014

By day…electric vehicles are taking the world by storm: their sales are doubling every year, their fuel efficiency is off the charts, and some of them can even accelerate from 0-60 mph about as fast as you can say Elon Musk.

By nightthe electric vehicle (EV) community continues to make waves. While you are in bed dreaming about how some day you too might own an electric car, many EV owners are doing something dramatic; something unusual; something that is reshaping the energy landscape.

They are using gobs of electricity.

Average power consumption climbs to 4x above typical

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2014 World Cup: 3 key matches that energy efficiency fans won’t want to miss

  • By Aaron Tinjum
  • June 12, 2014

In January, we conducted a comparative energy efficiency analysis of the NFL Super Bowl match-up between the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos. While it was a close contest between the two cities — Seattle and Denver — we ultimately gave the edge to the Seahawks.

Now, we turn our attention to the world sports stage — for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. As a company built on promoting energy savings, we couldn’t help but highlight a few key match-ups as they relate to countries’ energy efficiency efforts. Here are three games we’ll be watching closely.

Brazil vs. Mexico

Group A: 17 JUN 2014 – 16:00 Local time

We kick off our analysis with a match that features the host country and heavy favorite: Brazil.

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About Outlier

Outlier explores trends in how people are using energy at home. Pulling from an unprecedented (and still growing) amount of energy data—currently drawn from 50 million homes—Opower crunches energy-use information from more than 75 utility partners every day, and cross-references that with weather, household, and demographic information to produce compelling analyses in the Outlier series.