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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.

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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.

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Oil prices are plunging. 3 charts explain why it won’t impact power companies or the value of energy efficiency.

  • By Barry Fischer
  • December 18, 2014

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The price of crude oil has plummeted in recent weeks, hitting its lowest point since 2009. Driven by a perfect storm of increased oil supply and weakened oil demand, the price drop has rattled financial markets and provoked uncertainty about where oil prices are headed in 2015.

When oil prices tumble, there are winners and losers. Among the winners are car drivers and airlines, who find it cheaper to fill their fuel tanks. Among the losers are oil-producing companies, who get fewer dollars for every barrel of crude they sell.

What about power companies? It’s tempting to think that utilities, insofar as they are key players in the energy world, might also be adversely affected by convulsions in the oil market. But that would be incorrect.

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12 things utilities need to know about one of the year’s biggest energy polls

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

From weighing an ox to predicting the future, it’s often said that there’s wisdom in crowds.

A new report from the global consulting firm Black & Veatch aims to tap into that wisdom by polling 576 top minds in the energy industry. What forces are pushing utilities to change? How are power providers responding to flattening load growth? With coal and nuclear plants slated for retirement, what will take their place?

Black & Veatch asked, and utility decisionmakers answered. Here are 12 key things we learned from the report.

1. Reliability is still king. With distributed generation, smart meters, and regulatory reform sweeping across the country, it’s easy to feel like there are no more knowns in the energy world. But for American utilities, one thing’s the same as it ever was: the paramount importance of delivering power on time, all the time. Black & Veatch found that reliability is still the number one concern in the industry.

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