Innovative program helped customers save 3 percent during peak times
Hydro Ottawa today announced positive results from its Summer Saving Day
program, which delivered targeted communications to help customers save
energy during the hottest days of the year, when energy use is highest.
The project, which was delivered through a partnership with Opower
(NYSE: OPWR) and with funding from the Ontario Ministry of Energy’s
Smart Grid Fund, empowered Hydro Ottawa customers to save 3% of energy
on average during times of peak demand.
In summer 2015, Hydro Ottawa rolled out its Summer Saving Day program to
unlock the full potential of the utility’s smart meter infrastructure
and amplify energy savings during high-cost, peak hours. By providing
customers with personalized insights, Hydro Ottawa successfully
motivated households to reduce peak demand without devices or price
signals. The strong results proved that software-based behavioral
efficiency can deliver a tangible, significant reduction in energy use
by directly engaging customers to have more control over their energy
"Hydro Ottawa was the first Canadian utility to use behavioral demand
response to engage our customers to collectively reduce peak electricity
demand, and I'm glad to say the results this summer were very strong,"
said Hydro Ottawa CEO Bryce Conrad. “We work hard to provide a modern,
cutting-edge utility experience for our customers, and Opower’s demand
response program is a strong example of that commitment.”
Hydro Ottawa deployed over 550,000 personalized communications to more
than 50,000 customers before and after peak hours of energy use during
the hottest days of the summer. Opower calculated the 3% average
customer savings via randomized controlled trials, which allow for the
most accurate and precise measurement of energy savings.
“The Ontario government is proud to have worked with Hydro Ottawa to
pioneer this ground-breaking and successful project through our Smart
Grid Fund,” said Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Energy. “By working with
local utility companies and partnering with innovators in demand
management, we are reducing energy bills and ushering in a greener
energy future for Ontarians.”
OPWR) is an enterprise software company that helps utilities elevate
the customer experience. Energy providers use Opower's customer
engagement platform to deliver proactive, digital communications that
raise customer satisfaction, manage energy demand, and lower service
costs. Opower's software is deployed to more than 95 utilities worldwide
and reaches more than 50 million homes and businesses. For more
information, please visit www.opower.com
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This release contains forward-looking statements, including
statements regarding benefits from the use of Opower’s solutions. Any
statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and
prospects for Opower represent Opower’s views as of the date of this
press release. These forward-looking statements are subject to a number
of risks, uncertainties and assumptions. While Opower may elect to
update these statements at some point in the future, the Company
specifically disclaims any obligation to do so.
About Hydro Ottawa
Hydro Ottawa’s core businesses are delivering electricity, generating
renewable power and providing energy conservation/management services.
Hydro Ottawa is a community-owned, private company, delivering
electricity to more than 319,500 customers in Ottawa and Casselman. It
is the largest municipally-owned producer of green power in the
province, with hydroelectric and landfill gas-to-energy generating
facilities. Hydro Ottawa Holding Inc. (Hydro Ottawa) owns and operates
two subsidiary companies, Hydro Ottawa Limited and Energy Ottawa Inc.
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(November 17, 2015 - 10:11 AM EST)
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