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View from the Top: Opower’s cofounders will be watching these five utility industry trends in 2014

  • By Barry Fischer
  • February 19, 2014

The below piece, authored by Opower’s cofounders — Dan Yates (CEO) and Alex Laskey (President) — was published last week by the technology/business news publication, GigaOm. You can find the original article on GigaOm here

5 Utility Trends to Watch This Year

by Dan Yates and Alex Laskey 

Last year brought about a number of interesting developments in the energy industry. Based on what we saw through the lens of our company’s 90+ partnerships with utilities across eight countries, here are five key trends we’ll be watching closely in 2014.

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The future of dynamic pricing? What we can learn from paying $82 for a 1-mile Uber ride

  • By Josh Lich, Tom Mercer, and Aaron Tinjum
  • January 7, 2014

There’s been much hoopla over the surge in prices for on-demand car service Uber on New Year’s Eve. Due to spectacularly high demand for rides, Uber’s fares skyrocketed several times above the regular rate.

One Minnesota man, as shown below, took to Twitter to decry his $82 fare for a one-mile journey. He was certainly not alone in his indignation about feeling the bite of Uber’s “dynamic pricing” approach — so called because the price of its service dynamically changes to reflect current supply-and-demand conditions.

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Outlier

10 energy numbers to remember from 2013

  • By Barry Fischer
  • December 11, 2013

Sometimes energy makes headlines, sometimes it doesn’t. But it almost always has important implications for the global economy, the environment, and our day-to-day lives.

Here are 10 energy statistics from 2013 that capture some of the most noteworthy trends of the year, and that will shape the energy world in the years to come.

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