Baltimore Gas & Electric (BGE) has selected OPower’s Advanced Customer Engagement platform for the utility’s planned smart meter rollout. In addition, Dow Jones reports that Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) is also offering OPower’s services to its customers. These two new partnerships increase OPower’s reach into approximately 15 million homes.
OPower, which has around 50 utility customers, helps consumers reduce power consumption by an average of 3.5 percent by providing customized data delivered online, via snail mail, or by telephone so people can see how much energy they’re using in comparison to their neighbors. The technology also provides suggestions on how to improve savings.
When BGE first petitioned the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) for approval of its smart grid plan, the utility was chastised by the Commission for not having a more aggressive and timely plan to educate and engage customers regarding the meters.
Dan Yates, CEO and co-founder of OPower says, “We could not be more excited about our relationship with BGE on this critically important venture. We are confident that this platform will eventually help many BGE customers realize substantial energy conservation.”
The California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) approved a plan requiring utilities to give individual consumers and their appointed third-party providers access to energy consumption data by the end of 2010 and near real time information by the end of this year.