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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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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Celebrating National Energy Efficiency Day!

October 5, 2016

We Measure Energy Efficiency Through Program Evaluation.

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The Ethnography-Technology Nexus

August 16, 2016

Ellen Steiner

By Ellen Steiner, Ph.D., Vice President The world has moved from the “age of information” (1990 – 2010) into the “age of the customer.” This is no longer the “customer-centric” paradigm that companies have embraced over recent decades. It’s a period characterized by the rise of the empowered customer who is armed with more information […]

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CEEIC Spring Educational Symposium

May 9, 2016

By Kara Downey As a member of Opinion Dynamics’ Data Science Group, my work focuses on non-traditional projects with non-traditional data.  Attending the California Energy Efficiency Industry Council’s (CEEIC) one-day symposium, held May 3 in Berkeley, provided a timely update on the challenges and issues regarding the integration of EE and DR into California’s distributed […]

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Zero Net Energy: What it is and the Evaluation Challenges It Presents

May 3, 2016

By Isabelle Gecils Imagine a future where buildings produce as much energy as they consume. Tenants of these buildings cannot only save on energy costs, but also boast how they are reducing their carbon footprint. Welcome to the world of zero net energy (ZNE) buildings. The latest energy consumption values associated with commercial buildings support […]

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AESP National Conference

February 11, 2016

By Ann Speers, Project Manager “Energy is Hot, Hot, Hot!” – that was the official theme of last week’s AESP (Association of Energy Services Professionals) National Meeting which attracted over 850 attendees to Phoenix, Arizona. The annual event brings together a diverse group of vendors, consultants, utilities and regulators with one goal: to exchange ideas […]

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President Obama’s Executive Order on Using Behavioral Insights to Better Serve the American People: A Nudge in the Right Direction!

December 9, 2015

Olivia Patterson

By Olivia Patterson For those of us working in the behavioral sciences focusing on end-use energy efficiency, it was invigorating to read President Obama’s Executive Order “Using Behavioral Science Insights to Better Serve the American People,” as well as the Social and Behavioral Sciences Team’s (SBST) Annual Report.  The term “nudge,” as so playfully used […]

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AESP New England Chapter/Northeast Efficiency Council Conference!

October 13, 2015

By Ann Speers September 30th marked the 15th annual conference jointly organized by the Association of Energy Services Professionals’ New England Chapter and the Northeast Energy Efficiency Council.  Over 150 energy efficiency practitioners attended the one-day event. As the newest Opinion Dynamics team member at our Waltham headquarters, I headed to the conference planning to […]

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International Energy Program Evaluation Conference (IEPEC)

August 27, 2015

By Mikhail Haramati What role will evaluation play in program development of the future? How can implementer’s best utilize new datasets and analytical tools to reduce the cost and increase the timeliness of EM&V? What role will evaluation play in the Clean Power Plan? How can certification be used to increase the credibility of the […]

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Opinion Dynamics gives back

June 17, 2015

Last week our team volunteered at the Cradles to Crayons organization. The organization is dedicated to providing disadvantaged children with the items they need to thrive at home, at school and at play. Our volunteers visited the distribution center in Brighton, MA to help process and package donations. Check out the photos below and visit […]

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