Let’s Get the ‘Auto’ in Auto M&V Pointed Down the Right Road

August 8, 2018

  By Jeremy Eddy When it comes to the advancement and integration of distributed energy resources (DERs) in a growing number of utility jurisdictions, things are moving at a fast and furious pace. The traditional ‘pipes and wires’ model of utilities generation and distribution of power in a one-way flow is giving way to a […]

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Great Influencers in Energy: Nikola Tesla: Master of Energy

July 10, 2018

  By: Keri Bailey We chose Nikola Tesla as one of our Great Influencers in Energy for not only his incredible intellect and acumen with developing the alternating current, but also for his way-before-his-time advancement of conservation initiatives. Nikola Tesla was born amid a Summer lightning storm* at midnight on July 10, 1856 in the […]

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Great Influencers in Energy: Lord Kelvin: When Electricity and Water Do Mix.

June 26, 2018

          By: Keri Bailey Sir William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin of Largs, was born on June 26th, 1824 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He was a famed physicist, mathematician, engineer, and inventor. Throughout his life, Thomson’s main focus was the practical implementation of science. He achieved fame through his work on submarine […]

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Olivia Patterson Named Vice President

News from Opinion Dynamics WALTHAM, MA. – Opinion Dynamics announced today that Olivia Patterson has been promoted to Vice President, effective immediately. In this new role, Patterson will continue her industry leading work in research surrounding demand response and distributed energy resources, along with providing senior direction to the company’s Data Science team. “Olivia has been […]

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Zero Net Energy for All.

April 17, 2018

Ellen Steiner

By Dr. Ellen Steiner Buildings consume almost half of the energy produced in the United States and produce 45% of all greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. However, energy savings and GHG reducing opportunities in commercial and residential buildings remain untapped. There is a solution, and it has gained momentum but lacks traction, and that is Zero […]

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Energy can power more than just your WIFI; it can power your future.

March 23, 2018

“In order to focus our attention on energy education for the young — at all grade levels [in an effort] to help our children understand our domestic and international energy situation now and in the future.” -Proclamation 4738 With those words, then President, Jimmy Carter established National Energy Education Day in 1980. To be honest, one […]

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Do Distributed Energy Resources Call for Integrated Evaluation? The Value of Understanding Each Tool in the Energy Resources Tool Box

March 19, 2018

By: Chelsea Petrenko, Ph.D. The effort to integrate distributed energy resources (DERs) into a seamless instrument began nearly a decade ago. While disparate demand-side management tools existed in the early 2000’s, more recently, utilities have leveraged them as a package to address energy and carbon emission reductions. Distributed energy resources include energy efficiency (EE), demand […]

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Normalized Metered Energy Consumption: It’s All About Context

February 26, 2018

Jeremy Eddy

  Many in our industry have become enamored with Normalized Metered Energy Consumption (NMEC) as a fresh new metric that we can use to measure baselines, determine energy savings and help value energy efficiency.  If you work outside of California, you may not have heard of NMEC–it is emerging as a valuable tool in the […]

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Great Influencers in Energy: Thomas Edison may not have invented the light bulb; but where would it (or we) be without him.

February 12, 2018

        Thomas Edison did not invent the light bulb. He did, however, patent the first commercially viable incandescent light bulb in 1880. Twenty-three different iterations of the light bulb existed prior to Edison’s, and even after filing his initial patent, Edison and his team were still working on improvements. His pre-occupation was […]

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2017 IEPEC Conference Presentations and Papers

August 11, 2017

Opinion Dynamics delivered thought leading presentations on a wide range of topics at the recent International Energy Program Evaluation Conference (IEPEC) in Baltimore, MD.  Download the cutting edge papers, presentations and posters below. Financing or Incentives: Disentangling Attribution   Antje Flanders Download the paper Download the presentation How Much of that Savings is Really Attributable […]

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Duck Hunting with a New Generation of Demand Response in California

June 21, 2017

By: Hilary Polis The afternoon of March 11, 2017 was a historic date for energy in the state of California—on this date, 40% of the electricity supplied to the California grid was generated from solar power, a new record high. This comes as the result of total solar capacity in California skyrocketing from less than […]

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Customer Journey Mapping: Take a Walk in Your Customers’ Shoes

March 30, 2017

By Jennifer Watters & Emma DeCotis Our industry has started to embrace customer journey mapping as another tool in the process evaluation toolbox. Energy efficiency programs can be complex, often with multiple components, goals, and stakeholders, each with a unique set of needs and desires. Because of this, program implementers sometimes struggle to develop programs […]

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