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Outlier

Giving credit where credit is due: between 1973 and today, energy productivity has been USA’s largest energy resource

  • By Barry Fischer
  • October 18, 2013

How does a country vastly grow its economy without using heaps more energy? Let’s examine the case of the United States over last forty years – courtesy of a recent annual study published by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

Since 1973, the US economy has grown by 287% (from $5.4 trillion to $15.5 trillion). You’d expect that energy consumption would also have correspondingly increased, to fuel that growth. But it hasn’t. Annual energy consumption has ticked up by less than 50% over the same period.

Zooming in on the years 1999-2012 provides additional color to this tale of energy-lean growth: US economic output in 2012 was 25% bigger than in 1999, but the nation’s energy consumption was actually lower in 2012 than in 1999. A related and equally astonishing energy fact about 2012: US oil consumption was even lower than it was 1973.

This eye-catching trend – namely that the economy has grown rapidly while energy use has stayed relatively flat, as shown in the chart below — suggests that the country has made enormous strides in “energy productivity.” In others words, America has become better and better at doing more with a given amount of energy.

Source: NRDC (October 2013)

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Introducing the Five Universal Truths about Energy Consumers

  • By Laura Lewellyn
  • October 15, 2013

What do utility customers care about most? Does it vary from one country or one continent to another?

These are among the most common questions we get from utilities around the world. And for good reason – when we talk to utilities about the power of customer engagement, they want to know if what Opower has done in partnership with 90 utilities in 6 countries will also work for their customers, in their country and in their language.

To answer these questions and to understand how to deliver effective engagement tools to customers around the world, Opower sponsored a global research study to understand what’s on the mind of utility customers, and to assess how customers’ desires and expectations vary from one region to the next.

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E.ON launches Opower program to help UK households reduce their energy consumption

  • By Aaron Tinjum
  • October 2, 2013

Yesterday, Opower and E.ON — one of Europe’s leading energy suppliers and the world’s largest investor-owned utility — announced a new partnership to help customers reduce their household energy use.

In partnership with Opower, E.ON is now equipping 5 million customers with the Saving Energy Toolkit, which provides them with analysis about their energy use, costs, and comparative usage patterns in their neighborhood.

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