Arlington, Va., May 8, 2012 — Opower saved residential energy customers one terawatt hour of energy nationwide. Saving 1 TWh is equivalent to taking all the homes in a city the size of 200,000 people effectively off the grid for a full year.
Partnering with over 70 utilities in 25 states and four countries, Opower's platform lets residential customers know how their energy usage compares to similar homes and offers personalized tips on how to save energy.
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Tim Murray, Department of Energy Resources Commissioner Mark Sylvia, National Grid Massachusetts President Marcy Reed and Opower President Alex Laskey marked the achievement by highlighting energy efficiency programs and policies that led to energy savings.
In the Boston suburb of Malden, Mass., National Grid customers Haile and Jane Mengesha hosted state officials, National Grid, and Opower in their home to discuss how energy efficiency programs have helped families reduce energy waste and save money. Opower projects that it will save another TWh of energy by the end of 2012.
Opower works with utilities to help people use energy more efficiently by providing information and insight into their energy use. One TWh of energy is equivalent to:
· Enough energy to power every home in a city the size of 200,000 people
· More than half the energy generated by all U.S. solar power plants in 2011
· And by saving 1 TWh, American families have saved $120 million on their energy bills
Opower works with over 70 utilities in four countries — including the Sacramento Municipal Utility District, Commonwealth Edison Co., Pacific Gas and Electric Co. and National Grid — to achieve these savings.