White House announces new big data initiative

The Obama administration is announcing a new Big Data Research and Development Initiative, which will be supported by six Federal departments and agencies representing more than $200 million in new commitments. The goal of this initiative is to improve the tools and techniques needed to access, organize, and glean discoveries from huge volumes of digital data…

Fun and games with energy efficiency

A recent article and follow up webinar from Chartwell focused on why utilities should be looking into game mechanics as a strategy for creating effective customer engagement programs, explaining that “getting customers to care about energy usage remains a big hurdle in our industry.” The article mentions Simple Energy using Green Button data as an example of…

Simple Energy to attend the Networked Grid Conference

Next week in Raleigh, North Carolina, the fourth annual Networked Grid Conference will take a deep dive into issues surrounding the smart grid, including customer engagement, distribution automation, and analytics. Stop by to see our CEO Yoav Lurie speak on the Consumer Engagement panel from 1:45pm to 2:45pm on Thursday April 5th and email us…

Simple Energy first to demonstrate integration with Green Button

Today in Washington D.C. at Powering the People 2.0, the White House announced increased industry support for the Green Button Initiative, explaining how standardized energy usage data can be leveraged to deploy effective customer engagement and empowerment programs across the country. As the industry moves towards data standardization across all utilities, there is increased opportunity…

FERC Chairman to utilities: change or die

Last week at the VERGE DC conference the Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Jon Wellinghoff did not mince his words when he spoke to a reporter from GreenBiz, saying that “the traditional utility is either going to have to change or die.” Wellinghoff proposed a view of the industry’s future where loads will be…

From utility data to customer value

Today on Intelligent Utility, Phil Carson discusses how utilities can leverage data to create customer value, referencing the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) and CenterPoint Energy of Texas as two utilities who are committed to closing the gap between energy usage information and customer satisfaction. We agree that data on energy consumption is a critical…