Huge Residential Demand Response Market; Opower Wants to Crack It On The Cheap

Only about five percent of residential customers now take part in residential demand response programs that could yield huge savings. For example, a report by the Brattle Group says that if utilities could help customers lower their usage by five percent during the top “peak” 80 to 100 hours over the course of the year, it would result in $3 … [Read more...]

The Home as a Virtual Power Plant: In Crunch Time Who Can Utilities Count On?

A single home as a virtual power plant isn’t impressive. But aggregate households together – especially in the right combination – and utilities have a sizeable demand response resource when real power plants fall short. That’s the thinking behind a partnership recently announced between industry giant Schneider Electric and up-and-comer AutoGrid … [Read more...]