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Thinking about ways to save the planet this Earth Day? How about coming to work for Opower?

  • By Casey Davis-Van Atta
  • April 22, 2014

Earth Day is one of our favorite holidays at Opower. Here at our Arlington headquarters, we’re reflecting on the environmental visionaries whose names mark our conference rooms — from Edward Abbey, to Rachel Carson, to Teddy Roosevelt. And around the world, we’re taking stock of our progress as a company, and refocusing on the mission that inspired Opower’s founding: to help everyone on Earth save energy.

Opower was founded on the premise that a company can aspire toward something more than money. It’s what we call being “double bottom line” — that in addition to achieving our financial outcomes, we hold ourselves equally accountable to achieving environmental outcomes. It’s what drew a lot of us here in the first place, and it’s what inspires us in every department — from software engineering to market development — to keep reaching even higher, and pushing forward, together.

So today, we’re also reflecting on what we’ve accomplished as the Opower team. Alongside more than 90 utilities in 8 countries, we’ve helped millions of people save a lot of energy in a short amount of time. This is how we’re putting it into perspective.

Opower Impact 2014

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Authoritative climate report: efficiency is the best energy investment we can make to cut carbon pollution

  • By Casey Davis-Van Atta
  • April 21, 2014

After seven years of exhaustive analysis, the world’s foremost climate scientists have released the third and final piece of a sweeping report on the causes, impacts, and mitigation of climate change.

The document, which comes from the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), reflects the scientific community’s current understanding of climate change as a phenomenon and the steps required to slow it down. The IPCC’s message to policymakers worldwide is clear: climate change is already underway, and the global community must take bold action to prevent the worst effects.

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Innovation in Asia: Japan replaces nearly 50% of its nuclear capacity with energy efficiency

  • By Aaron Tinjum
  • April 18, 2014

Japan is in the midst of a great energy transition.

Following the tragedy at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in 2011, the Japanese government elected to close all 50 of its nuclear plants, drastically altering the direction of its energy future. Shifting away from nuclear power — which served about 30% of the nation’s electricity — has been no small feat. Amazingly, in three short years, Japan has successfully replaced nearly half of its nuclear power capacity with energy efficiency and other conservation measures.

To help highlight the continuing importance of energy efficiency in Japan and across Asia, Opower’s President, Alex Laskey, last week participated in the New Economy Summit in Tokyo alongside other key technology industry leaders, including Larry Ellison of Oracle and Hiroshi Mikitani of Rakuten.

Opower’s President, Alex Laskey, with fellow panelists at the New Economy Summit in Tokyo

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