Essie Snell researches, evaluates, and assesses cutting-edge energy technologies spanning multiple sectors. He leads E Source’s smart home and virtual assistant research and has published more than 300 reports, papers, and articles on emerging energy-efficiency, renewable-energy, and load-management technologies; innovative utility demand-side management programs; the energy implications of Internet-of-Things technologies; scam detection and avoidance; and the evolving utility business model. As a senior manager on the Customer Energy Solutions team, Essie also helps researchers develop expertise and helps determine the focus of the E Source Technology Assessment, Demand-Side Management, and Distributed Energy Resource Strategy Services. He previously worked with Point380 where he analyzed the life-cycle carbon footprints of complex manufacturing processes and helped develop strategies to reduce greenhouse gases for Fortune 500 companies. Essie holds a BS in engineering physics from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

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Decarbonization: The defining utility trend of the next decade?

Luke Currin, Essie Snell
March 11, 2020

Over the past three years, states, provinces, cities, and utilities across the US and Canada have made bold commitments to address carbon emissions. As of March 2020, more than 20 utilities in the US have announced they’ll supply their customers with carbon-free or net-zero-carbon energy by 2050.

From Poles and Wires to AI and VR

Essie Snell
November 21, 2019

We used this session to get key insights from major players in the tech space. We learned how Google and Microsoft are thinking about the energy industry and heard about developments that are poised to change the utility sector. After, we asked our speakers a few questions to learn even more.

Charting a Course for Utility Voice Assistant Development

Essie Snell
October 17, 2019

Smart speakers have become one of the most quickly adopted consumer electronic devices of all time. Come learn about our latest research into the topic and hear about a new study designed to help you take the next steps with virtual assistants.

How Will Your Utility Engage with Alexa and the Google Assistant?

Essie Snell
February 8, 2019

Smart speakers have emerged as one of the most quickly adopted consumer electronic devices ever, and virtual voice assistants like Alexa and the Google Assistant are flourishing. Learn how E Source is working with Amazon and Google to help utilities embrace this new platform to meet myriad goals.

Virtual assistants can help utilities find their voice

Essie Snell
August 22, 2018

The market for smart speakers and virtual assistants is booming. For utilities, voice-control devices are worth paying attention to because of the smart home interconnectivity they enable as well as the unique marketing and communications opportunities they provide.