Opower 4 to help users better manage energy usage

Nov 19, 2012, 12:20 PM EST
A worker pulls on a rope to secure equipment at a wind turbine under construction at the Werder/Kassin RH2-WKA windpark on October 17, 2012 near Grapzow, Germany. Germany's electricity network operators recently announced that they will raise the charge to consumers for subsidizing renewable energy investments by 50%. The Werder/Kassin windpark will include 15 Enercon E-126 turbines, which at 7.5 Megawatts are the most powerful onshore wind turbines in the world. The windpark will also use innovative, regen
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By providing analytics about in-home energy efficiency, Opower's new software enables local utility companies to work with individual homeowners to improve the way they consume energy. The platform aggregates data, sends tips through text or email about improving energy usage, and aims to increase energy savings over time through its big data-powered software.