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Behavioral Demand Response reduced peak demand by up to 5% this summer. Here’s what that means for all 50 states.

  • By Kevin Hamilton and Tom Mercer
  • October 24, 2014

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Opower Labs

We plotted 812,000 energy usage curves on top of each other. This is the powerful insight we discovered.

  • By Erik Shilts and Barry Fischer
  • October 13, 2014

teaser 1.1We all know that not everyone uses energy the same way. Some of us shut off all the lights when we leave in the morning until we get home at 6 p.m., others crank up the AC in the mid-afternoon. But, how does a utility go about uncovering these kinds of patterns for hundreds of thousands or millions of customers?

It starts with data of course. By combining detailed energy data along multiple dimensions — such as time, geography, and weather — you can then tease out key similarities and differences among types of energy users.

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STAT OF THE WEEK: Los Angeles shatters its record for peak electric demand, twice

  • By Barry Fischer
  • September 19, 2014

Stat of the Week

In the face of sizzling temperatures this week, the City of Angels saw its demand for electricity shoot up toward the heavens.

First, on Tuesday, near-100 degree temperatures meant a big spike in air-conditioning that catapulted LA’s total power draw to 6,196 megawatts – surpassing a previous all-time record of 6,177 megawatts set in September 2010. This level is around double the amount of electric demand experienced during a typical day in LA.

Wednesday took things a step further: in the midst of triple digit temperatures in downtown LA (high of 104°F), the LA Department of Water and Power reported peak power levels of 6,396 megawatts.

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