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.
What the Top Technology Trends of 2017 Tell Us to Expect for 2018
February 12, 2018 | Jay Stein
It's easy in our slow-moving industry to assume that 2018 will be much like 2017, and given that the forces behind last year's trends will still be with us, we anticipate many of those trends to continue. Plan for more chaos and rapid technological change in 2018.
How Facebook’s News Feed Adjustment Affects Utilities
January 12, 2018 | Luke Currin
What do Facebook's revisions to its algorithm mean for utilities, given that the majority of their social audience is on Facebook and that, according to a New York Times article, brands and publishers are the losers here?
How Do Electric Vehicles Run in the Cold?
January 10, 2018 | Luke Currin
Cold weather affects electric-vehicle (EV) performance the same as it does gasoline- or diesel-powered vehicles. We turned to the utility that operates in Canada's coldest major city to answer our questions about maintaining your EV's performance in winter.
Watch Industry Experts Present Their Views on the Business Customer of the Future
December 20, 2017 | Travis Provin
Before their talks at the 2017 E Source Forum, Kevin Haley of the Rocky Mountain Institute, Heather Mulligan of PSE, and Celina Bonugli of the World Resources Institute drew doodles of the business customer of the future. How well did the doodles represent their ideas? Watch the videos to find out!
How to Choose the Best DSM Tracking System
December 14, 2017 | Kevin Andrews
We recently got an Ask E Source question about how to select and implement a DSM tracking system. We interviewed utility professionals and leading software developers to develop four best practices that will help you make the right choice for your utility.
Ho Ho Whoa! LED Holiday Lights Save How Much Energy?
December 12, 2017 | Joy Herbers
LED holiday lights are more expensive than incandescents at the time of purchase, but they're big money savers in the long run because they consume less energy. Whether your customers have modest light installations or major laser shows, they'll see savings on their energy bills if they use LEDs.
E Source Market Research Team Gets Wowed at the DOE Solar Decathlon
December 4, 2017 | Laura Ruff
In October, the market research team visited the DOE's 2017 Solar Decathlon in Denver. We were overwhelmed by the innovations in the 11 solar-powered houses, but Northwestern University's home intrigued us the most. The students used research-based personas to inform the house's design.
Another Spectacular E Source Forum in the Books!
September 15, 2017 | Sannie Sieper
The 30th E Source Forum was five-alarm fantastic! Whether you were there for the fire drills or missed the excitement, you can still get some of the knowledge. View the presentations on the Forum home page. In this post, check out the highlights video. And plan to join us next year, September 25–28!