Energy Efficiency’s Political Capital: How Should it be Used Next?

Never has energy efficiency enjoyed as much political capital as in recent years. And the industry can probably bank on at least three more years of such clout – the remainder of Barack Obama’s presidential term. How best might that time be used in framing public policy? Led by former Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter, a group of influential energy … [Read more...]

Google and Nest: What the $3.2 Billion Deal Says about Energy Efficiency Markets

A collective “wow” echoed throughout the energy efficiency industry this week when Google announced its purchase of thermostat maker Nest for a smashing $3.2 billion. It is the first marquee deal to emerge since tech ventures began grasping for the new prize in energy: the home efficiency market.  The game has been to figure out how to get enough … [Read more...]

Energy Efficiency MicroNews: Navigant Research, Opower, Tecogen, USGBC, ASHRAE, Kiva.org

Shipments of advanced sensors for smart buildings will grow from 1.8 million units in 2013 to 28.4 million by 2020, according to a new report from Navigant Research. Efforts to make buildings smarter and more energy efficient have given rise to a new class of advanced sensors, allowing building systems to better anticipate and respond to changing … [Read more...]

Defining the Energy Efficiency Market: Big Dogs and Fish with Legs

Defining the energy efficiency market is a bit like trying to walk dogs, birds and fish at the same time. Some companies walk well, some just want to fly, and some don’t even have legs (yet). In short, the industry encompasses companies of many kinds and size that have little in common except their energy-saving intent: green home builders, … [Read more...]

Can Opower’s Energy Efficiency Program Fill the CFL Gap?

Utilities have an energy efficiency challenge on their hands, and Opower says it can help them solve it. Here’s the problem: Utilities, many of which are required to meet energy efficiency targets, are finding it harder and harder to meet those targets, especially now that they generally don’t get credit for handing out compact fluorescent lights … [Read more...]

Wall Street Journal Says Opower IPO Near

The Wall Street Journal quotes unnamed sources that say Opower is nearing an initial public offering of its shares. The Nov. 6 Money Beat article says that the IPO, underwritten by Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs, could come in the next few months. A spokeswoman for Opower, reached by the Wall Street Journal, declined to comment. Learn more about … [Read more...]

Energy Efficiency Firms Lead Worldwide Clean Technology List

The new Global Cleantech 100 list of private companies breaking barriers with their clean technology ideas and executions across the worldwide economy finds that energy efficiency companies not only continue to dominate the list, but are growing in influence. For the past five years, the Cleantech Group has published an inventory of 100 companies … [Read more...]

MicroNews: Opower, Severstal Columbus, Abengoa, FuelCell, ASHRAE

This week in energy efficiency news… Opower, in partnership with its 90 utility clients across seven countries, announced that it has saved three terawatt hours of energy, or enough to power 600,000 homes. The company now serves 22 million consumers and businesses worldwide with its cloud-based software platform, saving more than $350 million for … [Read more...]

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...]

Food and sleep for energy auditors?

The US faces a bit of a math problem when it comes to making its buildings more energy efficient. If every energy auditor worked around the clock, it would take 22 years to analyze all buildings. And of course the audit is only step one. “At that point we wouldn’t have saved a single kilowatt-hour of energy,” said Mike Kaplan, vice president of … [Read more...]