Welcome to the E Source Blog! Our staff will share insights and observations about life at E Source, our events, our research, and other fun stuff.
Before I came to E Source, I didn’t know a thing about demand response (DR). But after spending a summer working with E Source’s demand-side management (DSM) experts, I’ve learned so much about DR, DSM, and energy efficiency in general. Luckily for you, there are plenty of opportunities to learn from E Source experts who specialize in DR and energy efficiency, and the best place to meet them is at the E Source Forum. Sign up today to join us September 13–16 in Denver!
As we learned from our 2015 Omnichannel Survey, utilities are prioritizing initiatives to enhance the customer experience (CX). They’re focusing on creating a customer culture, deploying responsive-design websites, and enhancing self-service offerings. An omnichannel experience that emphasizes consistency, preferences, seamlessness, and integration can help utilities realize these CX improvement goals. Learn more about our survey results and talk to other utilities about their omnichannel strategies at this year’s E Source Forum.
Myriad companies now collect detailed user data to facilitate targeted marketing, in-depth market research, and sophisticated “big data” approaches to business management. Much of this data is currently collected from computers and mobile devices, but the budding smart home market represents a nascent frontier for data acquisition that may lead manufacturers and distributors to push for increased sales of smart home devices. For utilities, this is a good thing: The intersection of big data and smart home technology may offer a range of opportunities to build new mid- or upstream incentive programs, collect more-in-depth data on how users actually consume energy, and open up new customer communication channels.
As I made my way to a local farmers market recently, I was thinking about a surprising statistic I had seen: Food travels an average of 1,500 miles to get to our tables. There’s a lot of transportation fuel, refrigeration energy, and spoilage implied in that stat. Farmers markets can help bring down that average, but in most parts of the country, nature puts strict limits on the portion of the year that they can operate. That’s where LEDs come in, enabling year-round growth in many areas.
Using customer feedback to inform customer-centric business decisions sounds simple, but it isn’t. Each part of the voice-of-the-customer (VOC) cycle has its challenges. In this blog, we present solutions to three common obstacles in VOC management. If you want to learn from industry experts on this topic, join us at the 2016 E Source Forum!
For the first time in years, heating and cooling doesn’t dominate home energy consumption. I like to think heat pumps are playing a large part in this trend, but new products are still coming down the pike. Join us for the “Pump Up the Heat” session at the 2016 E Source Forum to learn about the latest and greatest in heat pump technology. Got a tough space conditioning situation? Chances are, there’s a heat pump for that!
Meet our Technology Assessment team! They’re experts in lighting, HVAC, sustainable building design, electric vehicles, black-box technologies, smart meters, and more. They’ve answered thousands of E Source members’ questions, and they’re waiting for yours!
At this year’s E Source Forum in Denver, a panel of four utility social media managers from across the US will share their perspectives on social media strategy and the experiences that shaped how they connect with customers and the public via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and other channels. Come hear what they’ve learned and how they’re planning for the future in a changing industry, and ask them your burning questions.
Curious about technology trends that are top of mind for utilities? Luckily, you have two upcoming opportunities to tune in and learn about the latest, greatest, top-notch technologies. The first is our biannual Tech Roundup on August 3, where we’ll cover everything from a product that can dry your clothes with vibrations to a new way to use tape for backup data storage. The second opportunity is a technology roundtable session at the E Source Forum in September. You really don’t want to miss either!
The future can be a scary place for utilities that haven’t started thinking about evolving their core business model to keep up with technological and regulatory changes. But it’s not too late to start planning for the future. Check out a new E Source report that explores New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision plan, and join us at the 2016 E Source Forum to learn about new utility business models and why they’re vital for utilities that want to be relevant in the years to come.