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UtilityDive
November 10, 2020
California has the technology and know-how to meet its energy needs; it needs the right regulations

The extreme heat storms that hit California this August and September stressed our electricity systems in ways our energy planning agencies did not expect or plan for, forcing us to rethink the quantity and type of electric capacity needed to meet customers' demand. The energy challenges caused by climate change require solutions that address near term needs to "keep the lights on," while not worsening an already dire situation by burning more fossil fuel.

Microgrid Knowledge
October 26, 2020
Emera Technologies Unveils Plug-and-Play Neighborhood Microgrid Geared for Utilities

Emera Technologies has developed a residential, plug-and-play microgrid system called BlockEnergy that is designed to be owned and operated by utilities – a sector in search of a way to offer microgrids that works within its business structure.

Bloomberg Law
October 23, 2020
California Considers Landmark Appliance Rule to Ease Grid Demand

“Enabling appliances to respond in favorable ways to grid conditions, such as deferring a refrigerator’s defrost cycle, could be beneficial if done on a large scale,” she said. Some of those types of reductions did happen during that week in August, OhmConnect Chief Executive Cisco DeVries said in an interview. OhmConnect, which operates in California, Texas, and Toronto, Canada, has 150,000 customers and controls 60,000 devices.

Microgrid Knowledge
October 12, 2020
Demand for home Microgrids Surges in Response to California Fires

“The wildfires are the ‘hurricanes of California.’ They will come back every year. It is unclear where and when, but our customers are planning for the new normal.” Incentives and very high electric rates bolster the argument for immediate action and justify microgrid planning, said Lohr. And OhmConnect quadrupled the number of new customers during the mid-August heatwaves, said Cisco DeVries, company president. The customers get paid for OhmConnect to control their appliances or home microgrids for load management or to provide power to utilities.

ABC10 News San Diego
October 12, 2020
Free service helping users earn money and save energy

With record-breaking heat this summer and many people working from home, San Diegans may have seen a spike in their energy bill. OhmConnect is a free service helping residents earn cash and save energy.“We’ve seen people’s energy bills increase typically from 10 to 15 percent,” says Curtis Tongue, Co-Founder of OhmConnect.

Blue Planet Media
October 11, 2020
Demand for Home Microgrid Surges in Response to California Fires

“The wildfires are the ‘hurricanes of California.’ They will come back every year. It is unclear where and when, but our customers are planning for the new normal.” Incentives and very high electric rates bolster the argument for immediate action and justify microgrid planning, said Lohr. And OhmConnect quadrupled the number of new customers during the mid-August heatwaves, said Cisco DeVries, company president. The customers get paid for OhmConnect to control their appliances or home microgrids for load management or to provide power to utilities.

Green Tech Media - gtm
‍October , 2020
Column Will the Distributed Energy Revolution Leave Renters Behind?

Just because renters cannot access the full benefits of clean energy doesn’t mean they can’t participate in a decentralized grid. In fact, they can help prevent more scarcity-based outages like the ones that hit California in August.State leaders implored residents to voluntarily cut back on their power during that heat wave (and people complied). But demand response services like OhmConnect pay people to do that.

UtilityDive
October 5, 2020
Cities push ahead on Efficiency as a Service as private sector plays catch up

The proliferation of new technologies has transformed areas of mobility and software into comprehensive service offerings to bolster operations. Now, public sector entities are leading the charge on a tech-driven service offering that's been bubbling under the surface for decades: Energy Efficiency as a Service (EEaaS).

The Sun Diego Union-Tribute
October 1, 2020
Column: San Diegan wins $25,000 for saving electricity

Over Labor Day weekend, when temperatures were soaring, at the request of the California Energy Commission, OhmConnect put out an appeal to its 150,000 active participants throughout California urging them to cut back even more. It normally pays its customers between $15 to $45 a month for their conservation efforts. That weekend, though, it paid members about $300,000. Plus, it sweetened the pot.

Smart Cities Dive
‍O, 2020
Cities push ahead on EEaaS as private sector plays catch up

The proliferation of new technologies has transformed areas of mobility and software into comprehensive service offerings to bolster operations. Now, public sector entities are leading the charge on a tech-driven service offering that's been bubbling under the surface for decades: Energy Efficiency as a Service (EEaaS).

Energy Central
‍September 28, 2020
Rolling blackouts and wildfires are the desperate cries for load-shedding and mircogrids

The company OhmConnect oversees a collection of home microgrids and actually took those private home grids and put their capacity to the grid, creating an additional 220 MWh of capacity to the struggling centralized power grid in California. OhmConnect paid customers $300,000 in a single day, according to Microgrid Knowledge, for their portion of the capacity the company provided to the larger grid.

UtilityDive
September 28, 2020
Demand response failed California 20 years ago; the state's recent outages may have redeemed it

OhmConnect is a private aggregator of customer-sited DR. Its 150,000 California customers answered calls over 200 days in 2019 and at times reduced state peak demand over 150 MW, OhmConnect CEO Cisco DeVries said. "Our aggregations of nearly 60,000 devices and appliances, including thermostats, batteries and home car chargers are bid into the CAISO market 10,000 times a day, like small power plants on standby all over the state," he said.

Green Tech Media - gtm
September 22, 2020
Unlocking California's Gigawatt-Scale Distributed Energy Potential

California’s distributed energy resources add up to gigawatts' worth of capacity that could be used to prevent future rolling blackouts and balance the state’s increasingly clean-powered grid — if the state can compensate them for those services.

KFBK iHeart Radio
September 17, 2020
Interview with CEO, Cisco DeVries
The Krazy Coupon Lady
‍S, 2020
7 Saving Habits I Learned During COVID-19 That Made me $1,500

If you’re like me you are always look for ways to trim the utility bills you have options. California residents can sign up for OhmConnect, which sends you notifications to turn off your appliances for an hour each day. If you reduce your usage enough, OhmConnect will give you points that you can accumulate to earn cash.

California Current
September 8, 2020
The Cause of California's Blackouts

“We reduced over 200 MW of load on August 14 and 18, almost 200 MW on August 17, and almost 1 GWh of total energy usage from August 13-20,” CEO Cisco DeVries said. “That is equivalent to taking over 600,000 homes offline for an hour.”

ILSR - Institute for Local Self-Reliance
September 2, 2020 Edition
Sparking Grid Savings Starts at home

Flexibility is not a new concept. Utilities have had limited “demand response” programs, which ask customers to flex their energy use, for years. Most common are air conditioning programs, in which customers allow the utility to cycle off their air conditioner for a fraction of each hour using a radio control. In aggregate, these programs can reduce total demand in a way that customers barely notice. [...] programs, such as those run by third parties like OhmConnect, target residential users. In a recent survey of utilities by the Smart Electric Power Alliance, 50 percent of utilities responded that they were interested in implementing demand response programs, 20 percent are currently planning to implement demand response programs, and just 5 percent have implemented programs

First for women
August 31, 2020
8 Ways to Save Big on Utility Costs

[...] A common mistake? Blasting your air conditioner as soon as you get home. This makes it work harder, hiking up the bill. Instead try investing in a smart thermostat, which can cost around $170, but usually pays for itself in the first year. Like with a regular thermostat, you set it to the ideal temperatures during specific time periods, but it monitors your energy use and behavior and automatically adjusts settings to make energy use as efficient as possible, saving you an average of 15 percent on cooling (nearly $145 annually) and 12 percent on heating in the winter..

The Economist
August 29, 2020 Edition
Businesses compete to battle California’s blackouts

Depending on whom you ask, California is a leader in clean energy or a cautionary tale. Power outages in August prompted stern critiques from Republicans. “In California”, Donald Trump tweeted, “Democrats have intentionally implemented rolling blackouts—forcing Americans in the dark.” In addition to provoking outrage and derision, however, the episode is also likely to inspire investment.

Newsweek
August 26, 2020
It Makes No Sense to Shut Off Utilities Mid-Pandemic. We Can Do Better

Amid record heat and wildfires, rolling blackouts affected millions of Californians last week. But millions more low-income households in California and nationwide face loss of service for a different reason. Their electric bills have gone up in the pandemic, and they can't pay them. Utilities want to collect, and are demanding an end to moratoria on shut-offs

Microgrid Knowledge
August 25, 2020
California Microgrids Flex Their Skills During Blackouts

A network of home microgrids and networked home appliances controlled by OhmConnect on August 15 provided 220 MWh to the grid as a generating resource, said Cisco DeVries, CEO of OhmConnect, which operates a network of microgrids and a virtual power plant.

NBC Los Angeles
August 24, 2020
Your A/C is Working Overtime. Here are Some Energy and Money Saving Tips

The heat wave has many families running air conditioning non-stop, but there are steps you can take to help lower your bill."What families need to realize is there are strategies to save," said Andrea Woroch, money saving expert

PV Magazine
August 21, 2020
Money Talks: California residents earn big bucks for easing grid strain

OhmConnect paid out more than $300,000 to its California residential demand response users when temperatures soared last Friday, a day in which the company’s virtual power plant supplied more than 200 MWh to California’s grid by harnessing the power of its fleet of energy-saving homes and smart devices across the state.

91.9 KVCR
August 20, 2020
Climate Change Lesson From California's Blackouts: Prepare For Extremes

Instead of making more electricity, one option is to simply reduce demand on hot days. The state already has voluntary programs where homeowners and large commercial and industrial facilities pay lower electricity rates, in exchange for agreeing to reduce their power use on very hot days. Private companies, like OhmConnect, also enroll homeowners to reduce their use on demand.

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‍August , 2020
OhmConnect Paid Users Over $300,000 to Respond to CAISO's Flex Alert in California

OhmConnect, California's leading residential clean energy program, supported California Independent System Operator's (CAISO) Flex Alert by incentivizing decreased home energy usage on Friday. In just one day, OhmConnect awarded over $300,000 to its active users.

WCMU Public Radio, Wisconsin Public Radio, WRVO Public Media, National Public Radio, Blue Ridge Public Radio, WCBE 90.5 FM, North Country Public Radio, North Country Public Radio, Capital Public Radio, WFAE 90.7 FM
August 19, 2020
Climate Change Lesson From California's Blackouts: Prepare For Extremes

Scorching heat across the Western United States has left California scrambling to avoid rolling blackouts, as air conditioners send electricity use soaring.Some people blame the power outages on California's reliance on solar power, which drops off when the sun sets. But energy experts say state officials failed to prepare adequately for high temperatures, despite the fact that California's own scientists and regulators have warned that that increasingly common heat waves driven by climate change would stress the electricity grid.

Sierra Club
August 18, 2020
What Do We Do With Too Much Renewable Energy?

We know that green energy is good, but can there be too much of a good thing? For instance, with unusually low demand during the COVID-19 lockdown, the United Kingdom's power consumption fell by nearly 20 percent this summer. That caused a surge in unused green energy. In May, the National Grid asked for emergency powers to switch off solar and wind farms and warned of blackouts and a "significant risk of disruption to security of supply.

Greentech Media
August 14, 2020
Western Heat Wave Tests California’s Clean Grid Transition

OhmConnect operates a fleet comprising 150,000 residential customers in California, to whom it sends notices to reduce usage at key times. The company also controls 50,000 home devices in the state, which it can cycle on and off remotely. Collectively, the startup can deliver 150 megawatts of peak capacity to CAISO by eliminating consumption, DeVries said.

ABC10 News
July 23, 2020
Get a little extra bang for your buck with these money saving tips

Renewable Energy Magazine
July 22, 2020
The Future of Demand Response: An interview with Cisco DeVries of OhmConnect

Cisco DeVries is the CEO of OhmConnect,a former White House aide to the US Secretary of Energy, and creator of theaward-winning property assessed clean energy program (PACE). OhmConnect isbringing energy use to the forefront of people’s minds, aiming to makeCalifornia 100 percent reliant on renewable energy through the company’s newdemand response model. The easiest, most effective way to do that is throughthe utilisation of smart devices that automatically make homes grid-responsive.This in turn will also stabilise California’s brittle grid, while automatingenergy savings for California residents and changing how energy is used acrossthe state. This is the future of demand response and it will make 100 percentreliance on renewables a reality.

Reader's Digest
July 21, 2020
8 Things That Will Get More Expensive (and 3 Things That Will Be Cheaper) Post-Pandemic

It’s not just that we’re staying home more—and using more electricity when we do—but also that electricity pries are expected tcrease by 2.8 percent between 2020 and 2021, reports Statista. “Residents of states with the one-two punch of high summer air conditioning needs and higher average electricity prices are going to get the worst of it,” says Cisco DeVries, energy expert, former White House aide and CEO of .

Livestrong.com
July 14, 2020
7 Clever, Cheap Ways to Handle a Heat Wave Without Air Conditioning

If you live in an area that tends to have low humidity, you may want to consider evaporative coolers, window units that remove heat from the environment by using water evaporation to create cool air, says Cisco DeVries, an energy expert, former aide to the U.S. Secretary of Energy during the Clinton Administration and CEO of OhmConnect.

Oil & Gas 360
July 11, 2020
Mammoth Heat Wave Lasting “Weeks” Will Cause Painful Spike In Utility Bills For Poor Americans

Energy bills in much of America “will be much, much higher,” said Cisco DeVries, a former White House aide and the CEO of OhmConnect, a company that helps households manage power demand. “With sheltering in place, people aren’t leaving their homes to seek air-conditioned refuge elsewhere, so they will be heavily reliant on their units to cool down their homes.”

Inter News Cast
July 10, 2020
Mammoth Heat Wave Lasting “Weeks” Will Cause Painful Spike In Utility Bills For Poor Americans

In the United States, this summer has already proved usually hot. Now a long-lasting and potentially record-setting heat wave is expected to settle over much of the southwestern U.S. this weekend before spreading to the rest of the country, according to official forecasts.

Forbes
July 10, 2020
For Poor Americans, Heat Wave Will Cause Painful Spike In Utility Bills

Energy bills in much of America “will be much, much higher,” said Cisco DeVries, a former White House aide and the CEO of OhmConnect, a company that helps households manage power demand. “With sheltering in place, people aren’t leaving their homes to seek air-conditioned refuge elsewhere, so they will be heavily reliant on their units to cool down their homes.”

msn.com
July 9, 2020
23 Ways to Lower Your Electric Bill While Still Keeping Cool

Coronavirus shutdowns have countless Americans spending more time at home than ever these days, and as the summer heat sets in, that means keeping air conditioners running for hours on end in a bid to stay cool. Unfortunately, battling the heat often comes at a staggeringly high cost; according to the US Energy Information Administration, air conditioning typically accounts for 12 percent of home energy costs - or about $265 on average.

Best Life
July 9, 2020
23 Ways to Lower Your Electric Bill While Still Keeping Cool

Coronavirus shutdowns have countless Americans spending more time at home than ever these days, and as the summer heat sets in, that means keeping air conditioners running for hours on end in a bid to stay cool. Unfortunately, battling the heat often comes at a staggeringly high cost; according to the US Energy Information Administration, air conditioning typically accounts for 12 percent of home energy costs - or about $265 on average.

Gas & Oil
July 1, 2020
Cisco DeVries, CEO of OhmConnect, Issues Statement on the House Select Committee’s Climate Crisis Action Plan to Reach Net-Zero Emissions by 2050

I applaud the House Select committee on their action plan to tackle the climate crisis. It is our moral imperative to address and resolve this crisis as rapidly as possible, and this plan promises to do so while also tackling urgent economic and health objectives. We have to think big, and we do not have the luxury of focusing on just one crisis at a time. As Speaker Nancy Pelosi said, the plan is a 'bold step for climate action now.

OneZero
June 30, 2020
This Startup Will Pay You to Remote Control Your Fridge

OhmConnect is a smart-grid startup that takes a different, tech-driven approach to balance power supply and demand. The service works like this. Utilities like California's PGE pay OhmConnect to reduce power consumption during specific times, which are identified in advance using predictive analytics. The company then (150,000 as of Summer 2019), who give it access to the web-connected smart electrical meters than many utilities have already installed in their homes.

The Telegraph, San Antonio Express-News, Realtor.com, Business Mayor
June 24-25, 2020
6 Costly Mistakes Driving Up Your Utility Bills During the Pandemic

Just because you turned the device off, doesn’t necessarily mean it stops using electricity,” says Cisco DeVries, CEO of. “Things like cable boxes, game consoles, microwaves, coffee makers, space heaters, phone chargers, and even powered toothbrushes can all continue to draw electricity when turned off.”

NewKerala.com
June 17, 2020
OhmConnect Introduces AutoOhms: For the First Time Ever, Appliances Are Earning Money for California Families

OhmConnect, a leading clean energy company, today announcedAutoOhms, a program that manages energy use for California residents whendemand is high and prices surge.

Medium
June 15, 2020
120 Ways To Make Extra Money

If you live in California or Texas, OhmConnect is another company that will pay you for cutting your energy usage during “peak” hours (usually weeknights), aka when energy demand is at its highest throughout the day.

ABC30 News
June 3, 2020
Saving energy and earning money during the summer

"Based on our data, we've seen power surge about 12 percent since Coronavirus hit. We've seen pockets in the Central Valley where it's even higher. Across California if those persist, we predict customers might be on the hook for $1 billion and additional energy costs," said Curtis Tongue, OhmConnect Co-Founder.

MSN Canada
June 3, 2020
Ways to Reduce Your Monthly Bills When Money Is Tight

No matter how cognizant we are of our spending habits, we're still stuck with the dreaded bills — and those bills can be particularly daunting now as millions of Americans are faced with job losses and other financial challenges in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

GreenBiz
May 29, 2020
Residential energy is becoming companies' business

Last week, OhmConnect announced AutoOhms, its newest program that offers cash incentives for "timely, smarter energy use."AutoOhm will power down energy-intensive connected appliances in 15-minute increments during peak energy times. Customers will receive a text message when peak rates are about to kick in and can select appliances to power down through an app. Through this "gamified" experience, the customer can actively see their energy savings.

Distributed Energy
May 21, 2020
OhmConnect to Pay California Families to Balance Grid, Cut Carbon

Clean energy company OhmConnect nveiled , a program that manages energy use for California residents when demand is high and prices surge.OhmConnect incentivizes timely, smarter energy use through cash payments to consumers. It is now offering AutoOhms as another way to get paid for saving energy.  By connecting devices, like smart thermostats and plugs, an AutoOhm will power down energy-intensive appliances in 15-minute increments and residents will earn money without lifting a finger.

SmartGridToday.com
May 15, 2020
OhmConnect helps California residents save on energy

Demand response program uses gamification, targets peaks -- OhmConnect, a leading clean energy company, announced yesterday a program that manages energy use for...

Cheapism.com Blog
May 13, 2020
How to Trim Your Monthly Bills

Americans put down a lot of dough for their energy bills; the average household spends about $2,060 annually. Fortunately, there are plenty of — from unplugging devices completely to installing energy-efficient light bulbs to using programmable thermostats and electrical timers to washing your dishes and clothes in full loads during off-peak hours to getting paid to save energy through the app to simply double-checking your bills — that can help lower your utility costs year-round.

Greentech Media
May 8, 2020
Residential Demand Response to Play Key Role Managing US Load This Summer

The residential aggregators that could be in a position to help bring flexible capacity to market this summer include AutoGrid, OhmConnect, Chai Energy, EnergyHub, Uplight and Sunrun, as well as newer entities such as Leap that are bringing a platform-provider approach to demand response aggregation.

Real Simple, Yahoo! Lifestyle (US), MSN Canada
May 6, 2020
How to Keep Your Utility Bills Down During Quarantine

Cisco DeVries, an energy expert and CEO of OhmConnect, a San Francisco–based company that’s dedicated to helping people rethink how they use their appliances, knows a thing or two about living in an energy-efficient space. To help, he’s sharing his expert tips for keeping down your bottom line during quarantine. (It’s not as difficult as you’d think.)

Lonny
April 27, 2020
6 Environmental Mistakes You May Not Even Know You're Making In Your Home

In case you didn't get the memo, sustainable living is here to stay. Nowadays, it's impossible to ignore all the studies that show how certain chemicals, materials, and products can affect your home and your health. Fortunately, many companies have risen to the occasion and created eco-friendly alternatives to some of our favorite household items.

KTLA-TV
April 27, 2020
Money Mondays & your monthly bills with Consumer Savings and Money Expert Andrea Woroch

This segment aired on the KTLA 5 Morning News on April 27, 2020. Video can be found when following the link above.

Michele Kearny's Nuclear Wire
April 23, 2020
Power Industry Network Energy Central Insights™ Special Issue Series Energy Central Power Perspectives™ Podcast

Energy Central's Podcast Series - Listen to the podcast for all details

Saving Advice
April 10, 2020
16+ Energy-Saving Reminders While on Home Quarantine

We could all use a few energy-saving reminders right now. After all, thanks to quarantine and the shelter-in-place rules, most of us are at home now more than ever before. As a result, we are likely using up far more home energy than we did just a few short months ago. Nevertheless, even while home on quarantine, there are a lot of small things that we can do to reduce energy waste...

Best Life
April 2, 2020
21 Habits to Ditch by 2021 to Help Save the Planet

This may seem like an oddly specific request. But, as energy expert and CEO of OhmConnect Cisco DeVries explains, "during peak energy times like 6 p.m., utilities respond to the surge in demand by firing up inefficient—read: CO2 intensive—auxiliary 'peaker' plants, passing this cost onto consumers."

MSN.com
April 2, 2020
21 Habits to Ditch by 2021 to Help Save the Planet

This may seem like an oddly specific request. But, as energy expert and CEO of OhmConnect Cisco DeVries explains, "during peak energy times like 6 p.m., utilities respond to the surge in demand by firing up inefficient—read: CO2 intensive—auxiliary 'peaker' plants, passing this cost onto consumers."

MSN.com - Australia
April 2, 2020
21 Habits to Ditch by 2021 to Help Save the Planet

This may seem like an oddly specific request. But, as energy expert and CEO of OhmConnect Cisco DeVries explains, "during peak energy times like 6 p.m., utilities respond to the surge in demand by firing up inefficient—read: CO2 intensive—auxiliary 'peaker' plants, passing this cost onto consumers."

KGET-TV Bakersfield
March 26, 2020
Finance expert Andrea Woroch shares tips on how to save money on monthly expenses

Andrea Woroch, Money-Saving Expert, joined 17 News at Sunrise to share how consumers can save money on monthly expenses and more...

CBS-8
March 25, 2020
How to get your side hustle on and make money online

News 8's Heather Myers spoke to a money saving and consumer expert. She shared dozens of ways you can make money right now, from your home...

Michele Kearney's Nuclear Wire
March 20, 2020
Major Energy and Environmental News and Commentary affecting the Nuclear Industry. Nuclear Activities

Energy Central's Podcast Series - Listen to the podcast for all details

Energy Central
March 10, 2020
Energy Central Power Perspectives™ Podcast Episode #8:
‘Demand Response and Flexibility Via Residential Customers, Predictions for 2020, and More’ with Matt Duesterberg of OhmConnect

This week on the Energy Central Power Perspectives™ Podcast, we dive into the world of on demand load shifting and the business model it supports outside of the utility space. The most typical load management strategies in the utility space involve large customers in the commercial and industrial sectors, but Matt Duesterberg and his fellow Co-Founders realized that, in aggregate, residential customers could make a huge impact as well...

Greenmatch
March 10, 2020
12 Energy Saving Tips For Your Home

We asked 20 green enthusiasts for their top picks on how to make your home energy efficient. Have you ever wondered how small changes in each home can lead to a big impact on the environment?...

US News & World Report
February 26, 2020
Ways to Save $5,000 This Year

Wouldn't it be nice if money grew on trees? Although you'll never find dollar bills sprouting from your favorite oak tree, you can uncover money in other places. By spending some time dissecting your spending habits and scrutinizing your expenses, you could free up money in your budget and save big – up to $5,000 in a year...

KMUD News
February 19, 2020
Southern Humboldt PG&E Outage Restored Today, and OhmConnect offer Energy Savings

A Power outage occurred and was restored earlier today in Southern Humboldt and affected about one thousand three hundred customers. Some Humboldt County residents are saving energy and getting paid through OhmConnect. KMUD's Tanya Horlick reports...

AltEnergyMag
February 12, 2020
The Progression of the Energy Industry in 2020

People have realized that they can take control of their energy in lots of other ways. With their smart devices and a little bit of planning, consumers can now make money on their energy use, while simultaneously keeping the grid stable.

Outside Online
November 29, 2019
How to Make Consumers Care About the Environment

If you’re not supposed to swim against a riptide, is there a better, smarter way to paddle out of this predicament? Changing consumer behavior is tricky, in part because our brains are on autopilot a lot of the time ...

ABC30 News
October 21, 2019
Company paying Fresnans to save energy

It's lights off at Christina Garcia's northwest Fresno home. She's just one of 60,000 Fresno residents who's using OhmConnect, a web site, to get paid for saving electricity. [...] Garcia has earned money weekly, but recently her choices turned into big cash for her. She won energy for life...

Daily Energy Insider
October 18, 2019
New California law requires development of smart appliances

The Clean Power, Smart Power bill, introduced in California by state Sen. Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley), was signed into law last week, mandating manufacturers to begin making smart appliances. [...] The bill moved forward with help from OhmConnect, developer of a simple, effective energy saving service that has helped 500,000 California consumers save over 2 million kilowatt-hours of dirty energy to date...

Cision - PR Newswire
September 24, 2019
OhmConnect Names New CEO After Hitting Major Milestones

OhmConnect, the leading clean energy program for Californians, today announced the company has improved its residential energy-saving service, expanded its offerings, and increased its customer base to more than 500,000 customer signups. It has also named Cisco DeVries as CEO to take it to the next milestone goal: one million Californians actively engaged in saving energy, reducing the use of fossil fuels, and receiving an average of $300-$500 a year in return...

California Energy Commission
March 28, 2019
OhmConnect Gamifies Energy Use to Shift Energy Demand

The San Francisco-based OhmConnect bridges the gap between consumers and the energy sector by paying users to cut their electricity use during high demand times and shifting use to low demand times. Doing so improves resiliency on the electric grid...

Sierra Magazine
February 23, 2019
Gaming The Grid

Many energy consumers in California, Texas, and Toronto are in luck: OhmConnect is a free service that notifies users during peak electricity consumption hours, keeping the peaker plants off and paying users for the energy they save...

The Porterville Register
February 5, 2019
Power Rankings

In just-released 2018 energy use rankings, three local cities have been named as three of the top ten most-conserving communities in the state, according to a new Power Use survey from OhmConnect...

Forbes
January 10, 2019
Can Private Industry Solve Our Climate Crisis Where Governments Fail?

Since governments haven’t done a great deal - global carbon emissions are still increasing - perhaps private industry can facilitate people stepping in themselves.

Solar Power World
October 2, 2018
OhmConnect Rewards California Energy Saver with more than $2.5m

OhmConnect announced that the company has concluded its first-ever MEGA Summer campaign, awarding more than $2.5 million to California residents in just three months for saving energy at critical energy-heavy usage times...

ABC News San Diego
September 17, 2018
Making it in San Diego

While many people in San Diego saw their energy bills skyrocket over the summer, some others were able to turn the heat into an advantage ...

Green Tech Media
August 30, 2018
OhmConnect and Nest make it Offical

A “Works With Nest” partnership targets PG&E territory to scale up the company’s unusual approach to third-party residential demand response.

Yale Climate Connections
February 6, 2018
App Lets Californians Collect Cash For Saving Energy

Saving energy helps you save money on your utility bills. In California, it can help you make money too. The state increasingly relies on clean power. But there are still times when demand for energy is so high that ...

Fast Company
January 10, 2018
This Startup Will Pay You To Use Less Electricity

When a single homeowner decides to turn off her TV in the evening, the action barely registers on the electric grid. It’s one appliance in one home, out of millions. But when thousands of homeowners turn off their TVs...

GreenTechMedia
May 4, 2017
OhmConnect Wins Deal to Supply 4.5 MW of Behavioral Demand Response to SDG&E 

Last week, San Diego Gas & Electric announced a first-of-its-kind contract for behavioral demand response -- a deal with Ohmconnect for 4.5 megawatts of energy flexibility, available within 20 minutes notice...

NPR
March 7, 2017
Energy Saving Can Be Fun But No Need To Turn Off All The Lights

A new company is doing more than just monitoring electricity use. It's making tracking your electrical data fun. Steve Reed of San Diego says he signed up for free with OhmConnect. He was eager to see ...

Greentech Media
August 3rd, 2016
California’s DRAM Auction Contracts for 82MW of Distributed Energy as Grid Resource

California’s groundbreaking test of distributed energy resources (DERs) as aggregated grid assets continues -- and this time, the rewards and the responsibilities are even greater...

PennyHoarder
May 26th, 2016
Could you 'Unplug' for One Hour? This Company Will Pay You

Could you unplug for one hour? No TV. No computer. Nothing.It might sound ridiculous, but many of us spend our entire day in front of a screen and studies show we’re suffering as a result.

NextShark
April 10th, 2016
California Company Will Give You $300 For Saving Energy One Hour Per Week

Not many people would be opposed to saving money especially when it’s as easy as flipping a light switch.That’s basically all California residents have to do to earn up to $300 a year for reducing their electricity usage. According to The Penny Hoarder...

Energy Manager Today
February 16th, 2016
Sierra Club-OhmConnect Affinity Program Will Pay Customers for Peak Savings

The Sierra Club and OhmConnect announced a partnership on February 16th that offsets energy customers in several parts of California...

Greentech Media
October 15th, 2015
Project Lets Homes Bid Into CAISO Market

Schneider Electric and OhmConnect are teaming up on an innovative demand response program that will allow residences to be aggregated and bid into the California ISO market without any connection to a utility...

Green Tech Media
October 14th, 2015
Homes Are Being Tested as Grid-Responsive Assets—No Utilities Required

Now a new pilot project being conducted by grid giant Schneider Electric and startup Ohmconnect is seeking to overcome these barriers. Under the pilot, customers of California’s big three utilities can apply...

Government Technology
September 1st, 2015
How Startups Are Transforming the Smart City Movement

Remember the 1990s visions of the future? Those first incantations of the sweeping “smart city,” so technologically utopian and Tomorrowland-ish in design? The concept and solutions were pitched by tech titans like IBM and Cisco...

Intel IQ
April 22nd, 2015
Smart Home Technology That Pays You for Saving Electricity

As people around the world celebrate Earth Day on April 22, there is a growing number of people in California earning money for the energy they’re saving on almost any given day.

Forbes
March 27th, 2015
An Energy App’s Unusual Bid to Make Money from California’s Wholesale Electricity Market 

There’s no shortage of apps and smart thermostats out there to help you figure out your energy use and cut wasteful consumption. But what if you can do that and raise money for a good cause?

GreenTech Media
March 24th, 2015
California’s Demand Response 2.0 Creates New Competitive Markets

Last year, we covered how California utility regulators and grid operators are rewriting the rules for demand response -- the practice of reducing energy use in homes and businesses to meet grid needs...That’s also the opportunity being targeted by Ohmconnect, the San Francisco-based startup that’s aggregated several thousand households in PG&E territory into its energy efficiency and demand management platform.

WIRED
February 15th, 2015
The system that pays you to use less electricity

Maybe you've heard of smart homes, where devices and appliances are connected so they can "talk" to each other. Well, they're getting smarter, and greener. Imagine: it's around 6pm, and people are arriving home from work. Everybody turns on their lights, stoves, and heating or air conditioning all at once, placing demand on the grid...

COLLECTIVELY.COM
December 26th, 2014
The DIY Platform to Convert Energy Waste into Donations to Charity

Maybe you've heard of smart homes, where devices and appliances are connected so they can "talk" to each other. Well, they're getting smarter, and greener. Imagine: it's around 6pm, and people are arriving home from work. Everybody turns on their lights, stoves, and heating or air conditioning all at once, placing demand on the grid...

BREAKINGENERGY.COM
December 3rd, 2014
Energy Startup Series: OhmConnect

Ohmconnect’s CMO and co-founder Curtis Tongue was drawn to energy after starting his career in advertising and design. He combined his consumer engagement background with his co-founder Matt Duesterberg’s deep understanding of electricity markets...

BLOG.METERHERO.COM
November 17th, 2014
Mid-November Update

I am most excited about a concept called OhmConnect (OhmConnect.com). It’s a great example of how a startup can solve a major inefficiency in an existing market...

ALTIER.NET
November 7th, 2014
Energy Storage Underpinning Green Energy Development

In the United States, power suppliers underestimate electricity consumption around 1% of the time, which means they have to switch on ‘peaker plants’ – generally natural gas-fired turbines, plus some oil-fired equipment – which are run only to meet peak demand...

GREEN.BIZ
November 3rd, 2014
Surprise twist ends VERGE startup battle

Ohmconnect is a web service that helps consumers reduce their electricity demand during peak hours. Using a program called Ohmhour, Ohmconnect actually pays energy consumers for reducing their energy usage. In his pitch, Duesterberg told a story of a woman...

SMARTGRIDNEWS.COM
October 17th, 2014
Are smart phones the bridge to automated demand response?

Today's call-ahead, manual demand response programs are better than nothing, but a far cry from the automated demand response we should have. Only when the system talks directly to smart thermostats and smart devices can we get the split-second response...

CAUSEARTIST.COM
October 7th, 2014
The 8 Sustainable Technologies Governments Should Use to Save Taxpayer Money

Ohmconnect alerts you when dirty, expensive power plants switch on nearby and pays you for reducing your electricity use...

GREENTECHMEDIA.COM
September 29th, 2014
Ohmconnect debuts new demand response model

Ohmconnect alerts you when dirty, expensive power plants switch on nearby and pays you for reducing your electricity use...

FORBES.COM
September 17th, 2014
How open data is transforming city life

Ohmconnect helps manage the city’s power needs by paying people to reduce their electricity use so that the most inefficient power plants don’t have to supply more power....

IOT-INC.COM
September 5th, 2014
Consumer IoT Business Model that Pays to be Eco-Friendly

Integrating IoT with the smart grid enables new market and grid services not possible in the past. By coordinating a fleet of smart devices, Ohmconnect has built virtual power plants that bid into energy markets as actual generation.

ALLEYWATCH.COM
August 18th, 2014
This Startup Will Pay You for Lowering Your Energy Bills

Ohmconnect is the platform that pays you to save on your own electricity bills.  You heard that correctly: they pay you to save money! Taking advantage of the IoT...

FASTCOEXIST.COM
June 20th, 2014
You Can Get Paid for Reducing How Much Electricity You Use

When the electric grid can't meet demand—perhaps because you've been running the A/C too long, or a wind farm isn't performing fully—managers turn to "peaker" stations...

MV-VOICE.COM
May 18h, 2014
A Smaller Carbon Footprint? There’s an app for that

It might be hard to wrap your head around, but a Bay Area company is aiming to turn your home into a "virtual powerplant" -- no solar panels required. San Francisco-based Ohmconnect has created an online service to help people cash in...

VALERIOSOLDOUT.COM
May 17th, 2014
Will This Startup Finally Bridge the Smart Home to the Smart Grid?

That’s the central question behind many cleantech industry players and that’s why the Department of Energy launched the American Energy Data Challenge. We interviewed...

THENEXTWEB.COM
May 9th, 2014
Our Favorite 8 Startups from 500 Startups Demo Day

Make money by turning down your electricity usage during peak hours. That’s the pitch fromOhmconnect. The service alerts you when the power grid is under strain. When that happens...

PANDO.COM
April 18th, 2014
Ohmconnect Proves Not Every Cleantech Startup Needs a Ton of Capital to Get Off the Ground

For all the emphasis placed on clean energy, you might expect that a significant dent’s been made in humanity’s carbon dioxide emissions — emissions that are directly linked to warming temperatures on Earth, according to the overwhelming majority of climate scientists....

GIGAOM.COM
March 28th, 2014
With Barriers Gone for Energy Data, Young Entrepreneurs Are Jumping In

After a combination of federal and state initiatives, as well as a far-reaching rollout of smart meters, home energy data in California has finally emerged as a platform for innovation and entrepreneurs. New startups working with energy data...