Opower & Eversource Energy Expand Agreement For New Suite Of Demand-Side-Management & Customer-Engagement Tools

Popular cloud-based software provider for the utility industry Opower has greatly expanded its agreement with Eversource Energy for the delivery of a new suite of demand-side-management and customer-engagement tools, according to a new press release. The new software suite will reportedly include elements of Agile EE, Opower’s next-generation Energy Efficiency … [continued]

Opower And Nest Lead Home Energy Management Vendors

A new Leaderboard Report from Navigant Research identifies Opower and Nest as the two leading home energy management vendors. Specifically, Navigant concluded that “Opower sustains success with a leading suite of solutions, while Google’s Nest Labs innovates and expands its home energy management capabilities.” “While hardware is certainly an important part … [continued]

Opower Eyeing The Community Solar Market

Opower — up until now a software-as-a-service company that partners with utilities around the world to promote energy efficiency — is now eyeing the distributed solar energy market as well, according to a recent announcement. The announcement comes on the heels of the company’s successful release of its fifth-generation software … [continued]

The Golden Sharing-Economy Effect: Why Electric Utilities Will Change More In Next 10 Years Than…

By Jeff Ray, CEO, Ventyx Seeing vehicles from Uber and Lyft, the car-sharing services, cruising the streets of major American cities gets me excited about what could happen to the industry I serve – electric utilities – in this new sharing economy. Sharing has already disrupted – to the point of destruction – music, … [continued]

Solar power plant in Crimea, Ukraine. Photo by Zachary Shahan | CleanTechnica.

Cleantech Sector Is Growing Fast, Yet Cost Drops Lead To Renewable Energy Investment Decline

Originally published on World Resources Institute. By Letha Tawney, Bharath Jairaj and Xuege (Cathy) Lu  Investors worldwide spent less on renewable energy and related technologies—such as smart meters, electric vehicles, and storage—last year than in previous years. Global investments in renewable energy fell to $214 billion, down 14 percent from 2012. … [continued]

17 Cleantech Champions

There are actually thousands of cleantech champions out there, and many of them are CleanTechnica readers. I was actually a bit hesitant to make this list because of that — there are going to be a lot of people not on this list that really could be. However, in honor … [continued]