Opower reports that its technology platform has saved six terawatt-hours (TWh) of energy through more than 95 utility deployments worldwide both business and residential. The energy savings is equivalent to taking more than two million people—roughly the combined population of Alaska and Hawaii—off the grid for a full year; removing nearly 900,000 cars from the road for a year; or preserving 32,000 acres of forests. In addition to the reduced emissions, customers’ have saved more than $700 million in reduced power bills.
Among the utilities employing Opower’s platform include Connecticut Light & Power, which has saved 50.8 GWh; Northern Indiana’s NIPSCO reports saving 67.5 GWh and 1.8 million therms; and New Jersey Natural Gas has saved 1.6 million therms, enough to offset carbon emissions from burning more than nine million pounds of coal.
Kathleen T. Ellis, New Jersey Natural Gas chief operating officer says the utility is “committed to empowering our customers with the right tools and information to help manage their energy bills. Through innovative technology, like the Opower program, we are able to give our customers an enriched customer experience that helps them save energy and money.”
Opower chief executive officer Dan Yates adds: “Saving six terawatt-hours is a significant milestone for Opower and our utility partners. Worldwide, utilities are facing unprecedented challenges—from flat demand, to more distributed generation, and to new regulatory hurdles. But these programs show that by leveraging technology to strengthen customer engagement, utilities can provide unique leadership in helping their customers make smarter energy decisions.”