Shakopee Public Utilities is the tenth Minnesota utility to launch OPower’s Home Energy Reporting program. Since the first implementation of Home Energy Reports in 2009, Minnesota residents have saved more than $6 million on their energy bills and more than 107 GWh of electricity. With the addition of SPU, six percent of Minnesota households now received Home Energy Reports – if this were raised to 25 percent, Opower projects annual savings would exceed $21 million.
Funded in part by the Division of Energy Resources, Minnesota Department of Commerce and its Conservation Improvement Program, Connexus Energy was the state’s first utility to implement Opower’s home energy management platform in February 2009. Connexus Energy has driven energy efficiency across its service area, reducing consumption by more than 3 percent and saving consumers more than 22,000 MWh in energy savings and nearly $2.5 million in energy bills.
Other utilities in Minnesota providing customers with access to Home Energy Reports include Austin Utilities, CenterPoint Energy, Lake Country Power, Minnesota Energy Resources, Otter Tail Power Company, Owatonna Public Utilities, Rochester Public Utilities, and Xcel Energy. The utilities combine to cover half of Minnesota’s total service area.