Opower announces 10th utility customer in Minnesota with technology saving residents more than $6 million on energy bills


Bruce Sayler, Manager
of Regulatory Affairs
and Conservation,
Connexus Energy
Arlington, VA, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — August 24, 2011 – Shakopee Public Utilities (SPU) has become the tenth Minnesota utility to launch Opower’s Home Energy Reporting program, the company has announced.

Since the first implementation of Home Energy Reports in 2009, Minnesota residents have saved more than $6 million on their energy bills and more than 107 GWh of electricity. With the addition of SPU, six percent of Minnesota households now received Home Energy Reports.

With the 10 utilities in the state deploying home energy reporting programs, Minnesota has emerged as the leading state in the U.S. to embrace and drive measurable savings through information-based energy efficiency. Funded in part by the Division of Energy Resources, Minnesota Department of Commerce and its Conservation Improvement Program, Connexus Energy was the state’s first utility to implement Opower’s home energy management platform in February 2009. Subsequently Connexus Energy consumers have reduced consumption by more than 3 percent and saved more than 22,000 MWh in energy savings and nearly $2.5 million in energy bills.

“Home Energy Reports are effective because they empower people to make small changes that don’t adversely affect their lifestyle, but make a significant difference in energy savings,” said Bruce Sayler, manager of Regulatory Affairs and Conservation at Connexus. “It’s a pragmatic and highly cost effective way for us to help customers save energy and money on a large scale.”

Other utilities in Minnesota providing customers with access to Home Energy Reports include Austin Utilities, CenterPoint Energy, Lake Country Power, Minnesota Energy Resources, Otter Tail Power Company, Owatonna Public Utilities, Rochester Public Utilities, and Xcel Energy. The utilities combine to cover half of Minnesota’s total service area.